Naturopathic Medicine Week Resolutions in Congress
Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) – with Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) as her cosponsor – has introduced S. Res. 420, to establish October 6-12, 2014 as the next Naturopathic Medicine Week. The measure has a House companion, H. Res. 508, sponsored by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, the delegate from DC.
The teaming of the two senators is significant because Harkin chairs the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and Mikulski chairs the Appropriations Committee. Sen. Harkin authored Section 2706 of the Affordable Care Act, which requires that licensed healthcare professionals cannot be discriminated against in their participation in private health insurance plans in those states in which they are licensed. Although Sen. Harkin is in his last term, Sen. Mikulski and other senators are poised to carry the mantle forward.
Mark your calendar now for Naturopathic Medicine Week, October 6-12, 2014. The very first Naturopathic Medicine Week, last October, spurred NDs to hold at least 60 events (that we know of) across the country, reaching thousands of prospective patients. The education, consciousness raising, media attention, and fun that came out of the Week will be expanded upon later this year.
Celebrating the Healing Power of Nature
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC) has introduced H. Res. 508, to establish October 6-12, 2014 as the next Naturopathic Medicine Week. AANP is looking to have a similar bill introduced in the Senate.
The very first Naturopathic Medicine Week, last October, spurred NDs to hold at least 60 events across the country, reaching more than 5000 people – including many prospective patients. The education, consciousness raising, media attention, and fun that came out of the Week will be expanded upon in 2014.
Naturopathic Medicine Week provides an opportunity for passionate and unified groups to positively impact the health of their communities. It’s that kind of unity that will be essential in order for us to continue to make significant inroads on the policy front. In 2013, that unity resulted in HB 612 being approved by the House in Pennsylvania; NDs gaining full prescribing rights in Vermont; and states advocating nationwide for full implementation of the non-discrimination provision of the Affordable Care Act, which prevents insurers from excluding naturopathic physicians from participating in health insurance.
It’s not too soon to begin planning for Naturopathic Medicine Week 2014. So mark your calendar now! October 6-12 will be a special time for our profession. Below is a list of event and promotional ideas to get you started.