The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health on Wednesday, June 8 passed a bill sponsored by Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02), H.R. 921, the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act.
“Sports medicine professionals frequently travel to other states with teams to provide treatment and care for the athletes,” said Guthrie. “However, there is a lot of uncertainty regarding the legal protection for these sports medicine practitioners who are licensed and covered by malpractice insurance to practice in their primary state, but may not be covered when they travel to another state for a game, tournament, or other sporting event. My bill will provide clarity so that these professionals can provide quality and timely health care for injured athletes without putting their personal and professional lives at risk.”
H.R. 921 provides legal protection for sports medicine professionals who support high school, college, and professional teams by ensuring they are covered by medical liability insurance when providing care in another state.
“I am glad to see that this bill passed with strong bipartisan support from my colleagues,” said Guthrie. “I look forward to moving this bill through full committee and to the House floor in the near future.”