Magic Johnson Stops in Capitol City to Advocate for HIV/AIDS Coverage

Posted at 5:20 PM, Mar 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-13 14:46:27-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Earvin "Magic" Johnson, the Los Angeles Lakers great, in Tallahassee today lobbying lawmakers about health-care coverage.

Johnson, who stunned the sports world in 1991 when he retired after contracting HIV, met with 10 members of the senate democratic caucus and later with Senate President Joe Negron to advocate for HIV/AIDS coverage and dental coverage in state health-care programs.

Johnson is an investor and spokesman for simply healthcare plans, incorporated, which, along with affiliates, serves more than 200 thousand medicare and medicaid members in Florida.

For lawmakers, Johnson's appearance also provided some memories of his playing days.

Senator Randolph Bracy, a former shooting guard for the College of William and Mary in Virginia said he hoped Johnson had time for a quick game of one-on-one.

Meanwhile, Senator Perry Thurston got Johnson to sign a basketball to his son, Trey.