Texas’ Team Physicians Need Legal Protection When Traveling

“Treating athletes on the road is a fact of life for sports medicine professionals and they should be able to do so without facing unnecessary legal risks,” Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota)

 

The Problem

Team physicians are generally licensed by their home state.  As a result, when they travel with their athletic teams across state lines to out-of-state events, they are working without a license.

The Solution

California, Louisiana, Florida, and Illinois are among the state legislatures that have passed laws to protect out-of-state team physicians who provide care when their teams visit those states. The state of Texas has not done so.

Please contact your state representative and senator and ask them to co-sponsor HB 986 and SB 849.  The bill would protect out-of-state team physicians when they travel to Texas for athletic competitions.

By doing so, this would encourage the remaining states to enact a similar law so that Texas’ team physicians are protected when they travel to the 49 other states.

We Need Your Help

All of Texas’ team physicians and their patients are encouraged to reach out to state lawmakers to educate them about the issue.  The process is simple:

  1. Below, fill out your address and generate an e-mail to be sent to your state representative and senator.
  2. If you would like to add a personal message to the text, please do.
  3. Please identify yourself and the sports team(s) that you cover.

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