Federal Policy & Legislative News
The AANP supports the intent of the NDI to ensure consumer safety. However, in this time of scarce resources, implementation the Guidance has the potential effect of imposing a level of bureaucracy that we believe could hamper FDA’s overall enforcement efforts with little return on investment. To that point, AANP suggests the following. Read the AANP's reaction.
The AANP submitted comments to HHS on the development of Accountable Care Organizations. NDs are not currently eligible for Medicare reimbursement, nor is the Department able to include NDs without Congressional action. However, the AANP takes every opportunity available to educate our policy makers on the power of naturopathic medicine.Read the AANP's reaction.
Questions addressed include: What are your suggestions on the Draft Vision, Goals, Strategic Directions, or Recommendations? What evidence-based actions should the federal government take to address the Draft Recommendations? What evidence-based actions should partners (national, state, Tribal, local, and Territorial governments, non-profit, and private) take to address the Draft Recommendations? What measures should be used to monitor progress on implementation of the National Prevention Strategy’s Vision, Goals, and Recommendations? Read the AANP's reaction.
Health "Insurance" Reform Becomes Law ... What Now? (March 2010)
The long awaited conclusion for health care reform is here. So just what have we accomplished for the naturopathic profession? For the past several months, industry (meaning pharma, the AMA, and the insurers) spent more than $600,000 a day on lobbying and media to advance their causes. At the end of the day, through an historically complex and previously untried process, a new law has been signed that provides a moral victory for those who believe every American is entitled to health care coverage. Read the AANP's reaction.
McCain/Dorgan Legislation Threatens Access to Supplements (February 2010)
On February 3, 2010, Senators John McCain and Byron Dorgan introduced S. 3002, a bill entitled, The Dietary Supplement Safety Act. The ostensible purpose of the bill is to make dietary supplements "safer," despite the fact that dietary supplements are already hundreds of times safer than either prescription or over-the-counter drugs. Contact your Senators now.
AANP has issued a technical response to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine's (NCCAM) strategic plan for 2010 to 2015. Read the response.
AANP has asked Senator Baucus to include a clause that would prohibit insurance companies from denying coverage of a class of licensed health care providers. Read the letter.
To send a similar message to your Senators, click here.
AANP, in conjunction with the Coalition for Patient Rights, has asked that AHRQ include data about healthcare proviers other than MDs and DOs in a study on patient choice. Read the AANP's comments.
AANP learned yesterday that on June 23, health and wellness champion Senator Harkin (D-IA) agreed to submit an amendment for inclusion in the Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee health care reform bill. This provision would allow for the inclusion of all licensed health care practitioners to participate in the program offerings currently contained in the bill. Read the full update.
On May 28, 2008, The Coalition for Patient’s Rights sent a letter to President Obama about the vital roll that healthcare providers other than doctors of medicine or osteopathy (i.e., MDs or DOs) play in our nation’s health care system. These professions were created to fill the gaps in service and to provide other benefits not offered by MDs or DOs, including a higher degree of personalized care, specialty services, greater accessibility and increased affordability. Read the full letter.
On April 14, 2009, the AANP has made a submission to the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research, recommending that their outcomes and best practices research includes the evaluation of alternative systems of healthcare. Read the full document.
The AANP has responded to hearings on Integrative Health Care organized by Senators Harkin and Mikulski. Read the letter.
On February 24, 2009, Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) introduced a concurrent resolution on wellness, H. Con Res. 58
, co-authored by AANP. The resolution calls for the inclusion of wellness programs in reforms to the health care system. Ask your representative to sign on as a co-sponsor to support our effort.
The AANP has obtained summaries contained in the final version of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, otherwise known as the Economic Stimulus Package.Read more and link to the summaries.
Over the past 60 days AANP has been working diligently to create a formal submission to the Obama Health Care Transition team detailing our recommendation for comprehensive reform. Read the full submission.
Read AANP's response
to the selection of Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle to lead HHS.
Read an update from Executive Director Karen Howard on healthcare reform efforts currently underway. Click here to submit your thoughts to the Obama Transition team, or click here to congratulate newly elected/reelected Members of Congress. Read the statement.
Read a message from AANP Lobbyist Jan Lipsen of Counselors for Management about opportunities for advocacy during the presidential transition. Or click here to congratulate your elected Representatives, educate them on the special role naturopathic doctors can play treating chronic illness, and ask them to support H. Con. Res. 406. Read the full statement.
Read Executive Director Karen Howard's response to the 2008 Election results and AANP's goals for the 111th Congress and the new administration. View our response.
On July 31, 2008, Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) introduced a concurrent resolution on wellness, H. Con. Res. 406
, co-authored by AANP. The resolution calls for the inclusion of wellness programs in reforms to the health care system. Please ask your representative to sign on as a co-sponsor to support our effort.
On July 31, 2008, the U.S. House and Senate passed amendments to the Higher Education Act, reauthorizing the act for the next five years and preserving the School as Lender program. Read the full announcement and link to the conference report.
On June 4, AANP president Lise Alschuler was interviewed on WOR Radio 710 HD, on the program WOR Health Talk with Dr. Ronald Hoffman. Lise discussed her book Definitive Guide to Cancer: An Integrated Approach to Prevention, Treatment and Healing, as well as how to use natural therapies to achieve optimum health. Listen to the interview.
The AMA House of Delegates considered at their June 15, 2008 meeting, Resolution 303 to restrict the use of "Doctor," "Resident," and "Residency" to MDs, DOs and Dentists. The resolution targets the growing number of nurses who are obtaining advanced degrees (including that of Doctor) and specialty training. Intended or not, resolution 303 clearly excludes naturopathic physicians, along with Doctors of Nursing, from using the title of Doctor, even though they receive their degrees from accredited institutions. Read the full statement.
On May 8, 2008, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions held a hearing entitled Cancer: Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century. AANP submitted written testimony emphasizing the role of preventative medicine. Read the testimony