Update from Colorado Association of Naturopathic Physicians

HB 1064 Killed in Committee

Dear Derrick, The email below says it better than we ever could:

Subject: HB 1064 Killed in Committee Today

WHAT A SAD DAY UNDER THE DOME. OUR CITIZENS DESERVE SAFE AND REGULATED HEALTH & WELLNESS CHOICES, AND I AM NOT ONLY SADDENED, BUT EMBARRASSED BY THE OUTCOME.

Senator Suzanne Williams
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Naturopathic doctors are not going away. We will be back in front of the legislature. We will find a way to work with interested parties who choose to negotiate in good faith, for a strong comprehensive solution to this health care issue.

We made some incredible strides this year: the medical society moved from a position of strong opposition to a neutral stance on this bill; all of the other professional groups we met with had their concerns heard and met to their satisfaction; and we amended the bill to create a Task Force under the direction of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). This was done at the suggestion of law-makers who felt that Colorado needs more in-state information by registering Colorado practitioners and allowing the public and all interested health care practitioners an organized structure in which they can verify practitioner’s credentials, lodge complaints, and weigh in on the merit and value of registering naturopathic doctors.

As we saw this year, an enormous group of ill-informed people came out to oppose this legislation. We were saddened and frustrated by the methods our opposition chose to employ.

Should you be disappointed or even outraged by this year’s legislative outcome, I encourage you to let your Representative(s) know about it. Demand the legislature take the actions recommended under two different administrations by the DORA to regulate naturopathic doctors. Contribute to our legislative fund by sending a check written to the CANP to our treasurer, Dr. Kim Nearpass P.O. Box 4236 Frisco, CO 80443.

Thank you all for your support. You will be hearing from us again!

Dee Koloski ND, LAc
CANP President

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