Naturopathic Physicians and Medicare


Each year, the number of seniors who qualify for Medicare increases and so does the need to provide them with greater choice in health care. A major AANP legislative priority is to get naturopathic doctors included in Medicare so that seniors can be reimbursed for a type of care that can prevent many types of chronic illness and improve patients’ quality of life by alleviating the need for expensive drugs and surgery.

To move toward this goal, the AANP is asking Congress to direct the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to pursue a pilot project that would demonstrate the value of naturopathic care for seniors while saving the government money. A similar pilot project – one conducted by YMCA of the USA on diabetes prevention – is on track to become the first truly preventive approach covered by Medicare.

AANP will officially launch this Medicare initiative at our 2016 federal legislative event, the DC FLI, where hundreds of naturopathic doctors and students will visit their members of Congress. The campaign won’t end there, however. In the weeks following the FLI, the entire profession will be called to action.
If you are interested in reaching out by phone or email to your Congressional office, please let us know HERE

Please familiarize yourself with the materials on this webpage. AANP thanks you for your passion and your commitment to transform health care – for seniors and for citizens throughout the country. 

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