May 7, 2019
Legislative Update: Calendar No. 418 & Meeting with DPH Commissioner
This past week has been a flurry of legislative activity! Over 1,400 letters have been sent to CT legislators in support of Proposed HB 5902 through our app, CongressWeb, and many more have been sent by personal letter and email. Well done, everyone!
Because of your hard work, the Public Health Committee has scheduled a public hearing on Proposed HB 5902 on MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25.
The fact that this public hearing was scheduled so early in the legislative session is impressive, and we should capitalize on this momentum as much as possible. Here’s how you and your network can help:
Submit testimony by 2 pm on Sunday, 2/24, to the Public Health Committee directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tell them why limited prescriptive authority would improve the health of your family, or of Connecticuters in general, and have your contacts mention it if they are currently under the care of a naturopathic physician. Please feel free to utilize any language from the letter we have drafted below and add a personal statement.
Our goal is to have 500 people send testimony by Sunday.
For nearly 100 years, Connecticut has supported diversity in healthcare by licensing naturopathic physicians. Unfortunately, the laws surrounding naturopathic medicine do not reflect the education and training that modern naturopathic doctors (NDs) receive, and severely limit the type of care these physicians can offer to their patients.
A patient under the care of a naturopathic physician, in need of a simple prescriptive medicine like an antibiotic, would need to meet with another physician (or visit a walk-in clinic or emergency room) in order to obtain that medication. This duplicates services and causes additional strain on an already burdened healthcare system.
As a naturopathic patient and a citizen of Connecticut, I support naturopathic limited prescriptive authority, and hope you will, too. Please vote YES to generate and pass Proposed House Bill 5902 out of the Public Health Committee and onto the next stage of the legislative process.
Thank you for your public service!
Thanks again for all of your participation and enthusiasm! Let’s do this!