House Bill Protects Providers Crossing State Lines
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017 05:35 PM

News Bite:  H.R. 302 was unanimously passed by the U.S. House of Representatives that would ensure the malpractice coverage of  sports medicine professionals, including DCs, remains valid when they travel with teams across state lines.

The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill on January 9 that would protect sports medicine professionals, including doctors of chiropractic (DCs), by ensuring their malpractice insurance is valid when they travel with teams across state lines. The legislation, H.R. 302, now moves to the Senate for consideration.

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) worked with key members of the House to ensure chiropractors, along with other providers, were included in the bill’s final language. The initial version of the bill that was introduced in 2015 excluded DCs from this initiative. Addressing this issue is important for the chiropractic profession since DCs are a vital part of integrated health teams at all levels of competition: high school, college and professional. Currently, all professional football teams, as well as 28 of the 30 major league baseball clubs, have a doctor of chiropractic as part of their medical training staff.

“Continuity of care for athletes is important as they cross state lines to compete, and this bill will help ensure they can be treated by health care professionals they have come to know and trust,” said ACA President David Herd, DC.

ACA thanks the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.), House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), and Ranking Member Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) for their work in bringing this bill before the House.

ACA supports swift action by the Senate and looks forward to H.R. 302 reaching the president’s desk for final approval.