NHFA Health Freedom Hot Spots
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National Health Freedom Action is working hard this legislative session with groups in a number of states on health freedom projects. Sometimes we don’t even have enough hours in the day to keep you all updated. So here are some of the HOT SPOTS right now in a number of states, with great folks around the country advocating for health freedom on many levels.
Many of these groups have effective materials developed for opposition or support of particular bills, and we have provided conference calls, analysis, drafts or strategic amendments whenever possible. It is an honor to be working with such great teams!!!!:
State Hot Spots for Action
OPPOSE Nevada: AB 289 – New Dietitian licensing billbanning nutrition recommendation speech.
OPPOSE Nevada: SB 412 – Medical Doctor Homeopathy Board changing to Complementary Integrative Medicine Board and mandating licensure of all “complementary integrative practitioners”. The bill calls for criminal charges for all unlicensed practitioners of complementary integrative medicine, defined broadly to include all alternative health care.
IN PROGRESS: North Carolina: SB 31 – A bill increasing the “practice of medicine without a license” criminal charge from misdemeanor to felony. However, the bill has been amended in the House to retain the misdemeanor charge for practice of medicine without a license and add an additional felony charge for impersonating that you are a medical doctor. The bill passed the House with this amendment, but when sent back the Senate for final concurrence it was rejected, and we believe it is now headed for a conference committee to resolve. This bill has highlighted the importance of continuing our work toward a safe harbor exemption for all natural health practitioners.
OPPOSE North Carolina: S467Restrictive naturopathic doctor licensing bill, with limited exemptions for those persons providing information at their retail, spa, or consulting establishment, but with no exemptions for practitioners who recommend, advise, or treat clients. Also makes it unlawful to use the term “naturopath” without a state license.
OPPOSE Iowa: SBB 1066/SF 289 – Naturopathic physician licensing banning the practice of naturopathy or the use of the term “naturopath” by unlicensed persons. Click here to take Action.
OPPOSE Arizona: SB 1175 – Establishing a new category of homeopaths that are not medical doctors, but that want to practice medicine as homeopathic doctors. Click here to read why NHFA opposes licensure for homeopaths.
SUPPORT Arizona: SB 1382 which deletes the title “homeopath” from the criminal violations section of current Arizona law
SUPPORT Michigan : In process of introducing a health freedom exemption bill for unlicensed practice
SUPPORT Minnesota: SF 147/HF 255 – Raw milk bill ensuring the right of farmers to deliver their already legally sold-on-the-farm raw milk to their direct farm-to-consumer customers without license.
SUPPORT Ohio : Re-introducing their health freedom exemption bill for unlicensed practice of medicine
SUPPORT Texas : HB 1716/SB 1040 Complementary and Alternative Health Care Services Health Freedom exemption bill for unlicensed practice of medicine
SUPPORT Wisconsin : Introducing their Consumer Access to Wellness Choices exemption to unlicensed practice of medicine
CONCLUDED: Colorado defeated a Naturopathic Physician bill after many attempts to work out an agreeable solution.
CONCLUDED: Montana defeated an unlicensed practice of medicine bill which would have created civil penalties and easier actions against unlicensed practitioners.
CONCLUDED: Virginia defeated a restrictive naturopathic licensing bill.