Federal Policy & Legislative News
The DC FLI: A Resounding Success
If you weren’t part of the 2013 DC FLI, resolve to be next year! Naturopathic medicine’s premier advocacy event (the 10th anniversary FLI, in fact) emanated vibrancy, solidarity, and a resolve to make greater inroads into health care policy nationally.
Several of the profession’s most renowned speakers presented compelling messages. Dr. Joseph Pizzorno, president emeritus of Bastry University, documented the remarkable progress that naturopathic medicine has made since 1975, explained why our current society so desperately needs the wisdom of the naturopathic approach, and sketched out the practical benchmarks of success. Dr. Tracy Gaudet, director of the Veterans Health Administration’s Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation, brought the audience to its feet with an inspirational vision of medical care that regards health as far more than disease management, that understands the myriad connections between body and mind, psyche and soma, and that ultimately treats people as the unique individuals they are. Continue reading.
AANP comments on Draft Guidance for Industry; Dietary Supplements: New Dietary Ingredient Notifications and Related Issues; (Document ID FDA-2011-D-0376-0079) (November 2011)
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.
Re: 42 CFR Part 425 [CMS–1345–P] RIN 0938–AQ22 Medicare Program; Medicare Shared Savings Program: Accountable Care Organizations (June 2011)
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.
Response to the National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy (January 2011)
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 Releases Commentary on NCCAM 2010-2015 Strategic Plan (November 2009)
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 Asks Senate to Include Non-Discrimination in Final Health Care Bill (October 2009)
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 submits comments on Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) study (August 2009)
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.
Health Care Reform Update: Progress on Inclusion of Licensed Natural Health Care Providers (June 2009)
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.
Coalition for Patient's Rights Issues Letter to President Obama (May 2009)
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.
Submission to the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research (April 2009)
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.
Response to Hearings on Integrative Health Care (March 2009)
The AANP has responded to hearings on Integrative Health Care organized by Senators Harkin and Mikulski. Read the letter.
Wellness Resolution Introduced (February 2009)
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.
Congress Completes Compromise on Stimulus Package and Health Care Provisions (January 2009)
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.
Submission to Obama Transition Team (January 2009)
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.
Update: Daschle to Lead Health and Human Services
Read AANP's response to the selection of Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle to lead HHS.
Election Notes and Opportunities: Nov. 19, 2008
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.
Election Notes and Opportunities: Nov. 7, 2008
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.
2008 Election Results - Democracy is clearly not a spectator sport.
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.
Concurrent Resolution on Wellness introduced.
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.
Higher Education Act Reauthorization Passes, School as Lender Program Maintained!
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.
Listen to an interview with AANP President Lise Alschuler
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.
Read Our Response to the American Medical Association's Resolution 303
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.
Read our testimony presented for the Senate Committee Hearing on Cancer
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.