June 2012: NY Update, A Renewed Commitment to State Licensure

By Gene McGill, Director of State Government Relations

The AANP would like to thank all of you who took the time out of your busy schedules to call, write or visit Albany, NY, to help in the New York licensure effort.
In what has become an all to common request, Assembly Member Deborah Glick, chairwoman of the Higher Education committee, asked the bill sponsor, Assembly Member Nick Perry, to remove the bill from the committee agenda. He agreed knowing that the chair would not allow the bill to come to a vote.

Despite years of negotiations on the bill language, being assured that the medical society would “not oppose” based on the changes made to the bill, and passage of the bill in the Senate last year, Ms. Glick is opposed to passing licensure for naturopathic doctors. We are not alone when it comes to licensure in New York. Assemblywoman Glick continues to prevent the passage of numerous health professional licensing bills.

For those of you who have helped in the effort, please take an additional minute to follow up with Assemblywoman Glick at 518-455-4841. Let her know how disappointed you are that licensing NDs is not going to happen again this year.

Assembly Member Nick Perry did assure us that he is 100% committed to the licensure of naturopathic physicians in New York.  The NYANP and AANP are already working with his office and will keep you up-to-date with progress regarding the next steps that need to be taken.

One very bright note that has come to the forefront with the NY licensure bill effort is the renewed and energized commitment from AANP staff, the Board of Directors, Federal and State affairs committee and the House of Delegates to join forces in an organized and coordinateed fashion to achieve state licensure. This effort will be a key component in the AANP’s ability to provide to our state associations with the tools necessary to achieve success.
Thank you again for your support of the NY effort and your continued support for our licensing efforts throughout the country.