According to the Insurance Journal, Congress has advanced a bill to the Senate which will require a sports doctor's medical malpractice insurance provider to cover them out of state.
This bill is called the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act (US HR 921). It was recently passed by the House of Representatives.
The Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act was created to protect doctors and physicians who work for sports teams or professional athletes and travel out of state for sporting events. This bill will require insurance companies to protect sports doctors when they are practicing out of their state of license.
The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine has worked hard for this bill to gain support. The National Athletic Trainers' Association and American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons also support bill 921.
Unfortunately, many insurance providers do not already provide coverage to sports doctors when they practice out of state because of jurisdiction issues.
House of Representative Brett Guthrie states, "This common sense bill will bring certainty to the health professionals tasked with taking care of our athletes. It's a win for everyone involved and ensures those that know our athletes best are responsible for their care, even when playing and traveling out of state."