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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”