H.R. 921, Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act

H.R. 921

Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act

September 12, 2016 (114th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact

Floor Situation

On­­­­ Monday, September 12, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 921, the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act, under suspension of the rules. H.R. 921 was introduced on February 12, 2015, by Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, which ordered the bill reported, as amended, by voice vote on July 13, 2016.

Bill Summary

H.R. 921 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 American Medical Society for Sports Medicine has previously stated that most states do not recognize the out-of-state medical licenses of sports medical professionals traveling with a team. As a result, medical teams charged with the health and care of athletes put their medical licenses and malpractice insurance at risk. Some states offer temporary licenses, but those documents can be costly and take weeks to obtain.[1]

According to the bill’s sponsor, “Athletic trainers and sports medicine professional frequently travel out of state with their teams, and current law is ambiguous as to whether or not their medical liability insurance covers work performed out of state. Without the clarity that their insurance covers them during these events, they are potentially exposed to personal liability.”[2]

[1] See https://www.amssm.org/News-Release-Article.php?NewsID=181
[2] See Rep, Guthrie’s press release, “Guthrie & Richmond Introduce Sports Medicine Liability Bill” February 12, 2015.


A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate is currently unavailable.

Additional Information

For questions or further information please contact Jake Vreeburg with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 5-0190.