H.R. 302 ensures that sports medicine professionals are properly covered by their malpractice insurance while traveling with athletic teams in another state. Specifically, when a sports medicine professional provides covered medical services to an athlete, athletic team, or a staff member of an athlete or athletic team in a state where the sports medicine professional is not legally authorized to practice, any services are deemed to have been provided in the state the professional is legally authorized to practice for the purposes of determining medical professional liability insurance and determining the civil and criminal malpractice liability of that professional.
The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Jan 9, 2017.
(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.)
Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act of 2017
(Sec. 2) This bill extends the liability insurance coverage of a state-licensed medical professional to another state when the professional provides medical services to an athlete, athletic team, or team staff member pursuant to a written agreement. Prior to providing such services, the medical professional must disclose to the insurer the nature and extent of the services. This extension of coverage does not apply at a health care facility or while a medical professional licensed in the state is transporting the injured individual to a health care facility.