DC Federal Legislative Initiative

The 2014 DC FLI, AANP’s annual legislative conference, attracted NDs and students from 42 states who are committed to advancing awareness of naturopathic medicine on Capitol Hill. The primary goal was to acquaint lawmakers and their health staffers with the value of naturopathic medicine for seniors, who are often beset with a variety of chronic conditions. The federal Medicare system pays vast amounts for their symptoms to be controlled, often through prescription drugs that many seniors take concurrently. If NDs were included as primary care physicians in Medicare, however, seniors’ use of multiple medications would be reduced, with consequent health improvements for older Americans and reduced cost for the taxpayers who fund Medicare. This was the message that AANP members took to Capitol Hill. Read more