Midwives, midwifery advocates, and midwifery students recently spent a sunny February day in Olympia at the Washington State Capitol educating legislators about the health benefits and cost effectiveness of licensed midwifery care.
Naturopathic medicine supporters from around the country convened in Washington DC for the annual DC Federal Legislative Initiative (DC FLI) in April. DC FLI lets members of Congress learn about the benefits of naturopathic medicine and upcoming legislative bills to support the profession. This year’s event focused on legislation to integrate naturopathic doctors as Medicare health care providers and to implement a second annual Naturopathic Medicine Awareness Week.
On April 14, 2014, with bipartisan support and Governor Martin O’Malley’s signature, Maryland became the 18th state to license naturopathic doctors (NDs). The newly signed law provides the people of Maryland greater access to comprehensive naturopathic health care by licensed professionals.
On March 4, naturopathic medicine supporters convened in Sacramento for the annual California Naturopathic Doctors Association’s (CNDA) Lobby Day. This event offers California legislators the opportunity to learn about the benefits of naturopathic medicine and an upcoming legislative bill the CNDA plans to support later this year.
April 26-28 The Washington DC Federal Legislative Initiative (DC FLI) brings naturopathic doctors, naturopathic medical students, and supporters of naturopathic medicine together to meet with federal legislators to advocate for the naturopathic medicine profession.
For those of you who have a particular interest in the GMO labeling issue, I bring you positive news. We have learned that a bi-partisan effort is underway in the House of Representatives and the Senate to consider GMO labeling legislation.