Sports Chiropractors Get a Win in Congress

October 16, 2018 -- In early October, Congress approved legislation that protects chiropractors who travel with sports teams. Whereas previously, jurisdictional issues left chiropractors who crossed state lines to care for athletes uncovered by their medical malpractice insurance, clinicians now can travel with teams worry-free.

The Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act of 2018 was included in a H.R. 302, an unrelated piece of legislation that passed the Senate on Oct. 3 and was signed by the President two days later.  It ensures chiropractors that their license and liability insurance remain in effect across all states. This removes an enormous burden of legal and financial risk sports chiropractors faced in the past.

Lobbyists and volunteers with the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) worked closely with government officials to ensure that the bill’s final language included Doctors of Chiropractic. “This legislation not only protects chiropractors and other health professionals who travel with sports teams, it also ensures consistency of care for the athletes who rely on them,” said ACA President N. Ray Tuck, Jr., DC in a statement released by the ACA.

Chiropractic’s role in keeping athletes healthy and performing at their best is being increasingly recognized. In addition to a new partnership with the University of Memphis, Logan University also provides chiropractic care to athletes at the University of Missouri in Columbia and Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis.

“This is a very good thing,” said Logan University President Clay McDonald, DC, MBA, JD. “Chiropractors are an essential element of care for so many athletes and shouldn’t have to take on an undue amount of risk to provide the care needed to keep athletes safe.”

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