This afternoon the U.S. Senate passed on a vote of 93-6 a 5-year reauthorization for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Included in the FAA reauthorization, was APTA-supported language from H.R. 302/S. 808, the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act. The legislation is now headed to President Trump for signature.
This legislation will provide professional liability and coverage protections and portability for physical therapists, physicians, athletic trainers, and other licensed health care professionals who practice across state lines as they travel with professional and collegiate teams or other athletes and teams sanctioned by a national governing body. The bipartisan legislation was introduced in the House by Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA), and in the Senate by Senator John Thune (R-SD) and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN).
As you know, this has been a key piece of legislation that APTA and our members have actively advocated in support of for several years. Thank YOU for all of your hard work, dedication, and advocacy on this important legislation. Without your advocacy, none of this would have been possible. Great job!