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Naturopathic Doctors 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 licensed 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 asked Congress to direct the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation 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 officially launched this Medicare initiative at our 2016 federal legislative event, where hundreds of naturopathic doctors and students visit their members of Congress. The result: a "Dear Colleague" letterprompting Medicare to undertake a pilot project examining the health benefits and cost savings of naturopathic care for seniors at risk from cardiovascular illness.

If you are interested in extending this push by emailing or phoning 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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