Dear Friends of Naturopathic Medicine,
HB 2044 – our bill to create a licensing structure for Naturopathic Doctors in Virginia – is going to be heard in BOTH the Health Professions subcommittee and then also in the full HWI Committee TOMORROW, 1/28!
This past week created ample opportunities for our team to meet with additional members of the committee. We have made a lot of progress in gaining support and earning more favorable votes. Now, we truly need ALL HANDS ON DECK from our grassroots network to make another push to SUPPORT HB 2044!
Virginia patients and consumers have long been excluded from, or minimized in the decision-making process on healthcare reform and scope of practice for numerous medical professions. And for far too long, a handful of opponents have made sure to restrict or block any changes to the current system.
Join us in urging the General Assembly to change this imbalance, and to give the grassroots a voice (and a choice!) in better access to healthcare.
CLICK HERE and Please take a few moments to complete & send an advocate letter to the HWI committee members.
Reminder about the KEY MESSAGES that Committee members need to hear from advocates:
- Naturopathic Doctors are medically trained and educated; they have the skills and qualifications necessary to have a practice license. Almost half the nation already regulates the profession – and ALL licensed states use the exact education and training requirements from our bill!
- HB 2044 creates a very limited scope of practice; this legislation is focused on the very basics of health care. And nothing in our bill will harm lay naturopaths or their business – in fact, we put specific exemptions in HB 2044 at their request, and have worked with several different groups on these protections.
- This is about public safety and expanding access to health care; Virginia should license NDs because it is the responsible and practical step to ensuring informed access to better naturopathic medical care.
- Reasons why YOU as a Virginia citizen and/or professional personally support licensing Naturopathic Doctors!
The template provided can be customized, and we encourage everyone to adjust and personalize as desired. Then, please SHARE this alert with other friends and supporters you may know throughout Virginia – family members, colleagues, neighbors, ANYONE who recognizes the value of naturopathic medicine and the distinct role that qualified Naturopathic Doctors can fill in our Commonwealth.
Thank you for supporting Virginia NDs!