How AANP Is Supporting State Advocacy Efforts
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
by: Mike Jawer, AANP Director of Government and Public Affairs

Section: State and Federal Advocacy

AANP speaks out for the ND profession in a variety of ways – one example is by attesting to naturopathic physicians’ extensive education and how it is vastly different from the education of traditional naturopaths.

At the request of state affiliates in Montana and Puerto Rico, AANP delivered letters to senators in both states making clear that four-year, graduate-level naturopathic medical schools whose curricula are accredited by CNME are part of a stringent quality assurance system directly connected with the US Department of Education.

In Montana’s case, the state association has introduced a bill to expand NDs’ formulary rights and AANP’s comments provided support. In Puerto Rico’s case, the state association is seeking to reverse the recent recognition of a master’s degree program for traditional naturopaths and to have the Commonwealth reassess its two-track approach whereby traditional naturopaths are licensed alongside naturopathic physicians.

Both letters that AANP delivered to these state legislatures are available in the Advocacy Toolbox. New documents have, too, been added from the Maryland Naturopathic Doctors Association, which is battling pushback from the Society for Science-Based Medicine on implementation of ND licensing in Maryland.

AANP and its State Alliance continually offer support for NDs’ efforts to become licensed and expand their scope of practice. As we can assist your state association’s legislative or regulatory initiatives, please let us know.
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