Support Naturopathic Medicine in Virginia!
Did you know that medically-trained naturopathic doctors can order labs in all 22 states that offer a practice license...prescribe necessary medications in 13 states...are recognized as primary care providers in 12 states...and are credentialed by health insurance companies in 6 states...but are unable to offer any of these health care staples, in Virginia?
This limits a naturopathic doctor’s ability to best serve their patients, and consequently limits your access to naturopathic medicine in the Commonwealth.
Many medically-trained naturopathic doctors do not work in Virginia at all, because the lack of state licensure means that their ability to practice is so limited.
In January, the Virginia House Health, Welfare, and Institutions Committee motioned to continue our bill to license naturopathic doctors to 2021, contingent on another study by the Department of Health Professions (DHP).
What this means: We still have the opportunity over the next year to work to give naturopathic doctors -- and their patients -- a more holistic scope of care.
Next steps: The VAANP will be working closely with our bill patrons and legislative consultant, and we will be available as a resource to the Department of Health Professions. We anticipate their study will recommend licensing for medically-trained naturopathic doctors, given the growth of naturopathic medicine over the past 15 years and the increasing need for access in the Commonwealth to address the chronic disease crisis and provider shortage.
Do you want increased access to naturopathic medicine? Would you like to help ensure patient choice when it comes to health care? Want to protect public safety and promote transparency?
Support increased access to naturopathic medicine in the Commonwealth. Donate now to this very worthy cause and sign-up for our action alerts .
- Cassady Morris
- Emily Telfair
- Thomas Savage
- Janet Mildrew