Legislative Efforts

Washington State Midwifery Lobby Day 2015

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.

Celebrate Naturopathic Medicine Week October 6-12

Congress has designated October 6-12, 2014, as Naturopathic Medicine Week to recognize the value of naturopathic medicine in providing safe, effective, and affordable health care.

Connecticut Naturopathic Doctors Gain Scope of Practice Modernization

After passing unanimously in both the state House and Senate, Governor Dannel Malloy signed a scope of practice bill to modernize scope of practice regulations for Connecticut naturopathic doctors.

DC FLI: Naturopathic Students Meet with Congress to Support Medicare Inclusion

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.

Focused Effort Brings Licensure Rights to Naturopathic Doctors in Maryland

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.

Advocates Teach California Lawmakers About Naturopathic Medicine

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.

Center for Health Policy and Leadership Springs Into Action

With renewed energy, Bastyr University’s Center for Health Policy and Leadership (CHPL) supports ongoing efforts that encourage active participation in public affairs to promote health and well-being.

April 26-28 Washington DC Federal Legislative Initiative

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.

March 4 California Lobby Day

Naturopathic doctors (NDs), students, and supporters will convene in Sacramento on March 4 to meet with legislative representatives to advocate on behalf of the California naturopathic profession.

Effort Underway in State Legislature to Consider GMO Labeling

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.

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