Update from Colorado Association of Naturopathic Physicians

Dear Derrick,

The Colorado Medical Society (CMS) has been strenuously opposing our bill for two years, since adopting their organizational resolution. Two weeks ago, Representative McGihon crafted an innovative idea of creating a Task Force, which is a way to address nearly all of the CMS concerns.

HB 1064 has been amended to form a Task Force set up by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) to study the field of naturopathic medicine and provide annual reports to the state legislature regarding scope of practice, regulatory models, and any other concerns raised. 

The bill also would prohibit anyone who doesn’t have a CNME accredited degree from calling themselves a naturopathic doctor and requires a simple disclosure of their training, including whether or not it is a program accredited by the CNME and recognized by the US Department of Education.

After meeting with Rep McGihon, the CMS changed their position and are now not opposing, but only ‘monitoring’ our bill. The concerns of other professional groups have been addressed to their satisfaction. We felt happy and relieved to have found solutions with these large groups of people, only to find that some of the legislators on the HHS committee reversed earlier “yes” positions, conflicting with the recommendations of the Colorado DORA and the accepted changes from the medical society.

On Thursday, the Family Practice doctors actively opposed our bill, in spite of the position of the medical society. The following link is to a peer-reviewed article published in the Journal of Family Practice in December 2005, which illustrates the congeniality of naturopathic and allopathic care:

http://www.naturopathic.org/images/bulletins/0aanp_naturopathic_med_what_can_patients_expect_dec_05.pdf

The bill was held over for a vote until Monday. We are continuing to work with the legislators in order to answer their questions and address their concerns. There is very heavy lobbying activity from groups who have chosen not to work with us in crafting a solution for Colorado.

We will keep you informed of the progress, and in a different notice, will be asking some of you to write your legislators over the weekend.

Thank you for your continued support!

Dee Koloski ND, LAc

CANP President

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