The Year Past: Advocacy Accomplishments
Mike Jawer, AANP Director of Government and Public Affairs
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
by: Mike Jawer, AANP Director of Government and Public Affairs

Section: State and Federal Advocacy

2014 was a year of notable success for AANP and the naturopathic profession. NDs can look forward to continuing momentum in the New Year. Let us recount the triumphs of the past year.
  • Maryland joined the ranks of the licensed, becoming the 20th state or territory with licensing or regulation laws. The bill’s lead supporters – Delegates Susan Krebs and Nathaniel Oaks and Senator Catherine Pugh – were presented with awards at the DC FLI, and held a roundtable discussion that illuminated the valuable lessons learned. Congratulations to president Kristaps Paddock, ND, immediate past president Emily Telfair, ND, and their intrepid team on their accomplishment!
  • Scopes of practice for NDs were expanded in Connecticut and Utah, and Arizona included NDs in a new telemedicine law. California, Washington, and Arizona put efforts in place to expand their scopes of practice in 2015.
  • “Legislator of the Year” awards were earned by Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton of Washington DC, for their sponsorship of AANP’s Naturopathic Medicine Week Resolution. That Resolution passed the US Senate with unanimous bipartisan support, encouraging Americans to learn more about naturopathic medicine as “safe, affordable, and effective.”
  • NDs celebrated Naturopathic Medicine Week in October, holding events ranging from movie screenings and wine tastings to raffles and lectures. Thousands of prospective patients were reached and a month later, naturopathic medicine was mentioned Health and Money magazine.
  • At the 2014 DC FLI, AANP members visited more than 130 congressional offices, making the case for NDs’ inclusion in Medicare.
  • AANP filed multiple comments with the Food and Drug Administration that documented the value of maintaining “office use” of compounded medications. Allied with other integrative medicine groups and compounding pharmacy associations, AANP is now taking the fight to Congress.
  • Significant progress was made on implementation of Section 2706, the provision in the Affordable Care Act that mandates private health insurance plans not discriminate against classes of health care providers that are licensed in a given state. Maine’s co-op plan began to certify NDs in network and various health plans in Arizona and Montana are including NDs in network, too.
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