Monday, September 24, 2018
Posted by: Cherish Simmons
Pay parity bill – We have a sponsor!
Our legislative committee has been working hard to secure a bill sponsor for our pay parity bill – and we have had success! An army of NDs are heading to Salem next week to meet with leaders of both the house and senate health care committees to try to get as many additional co-sponsors as possible from both sides of the aisle. Our sponsor has submitted the first draft of our bill to the legislative council, so the process has started!
Visit to Salem - Advocating for Naturopathic Medicine and Pay Parity
On September 26th, members of the OANP legislative committee met with 14 different legislators and representatives at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem. The purpose of this visit was to continue our efforts around educating the public about naturopathic medicine, to make connections as constituents in certain districts, to build relationships, and to ask people to support our pay parity legislative efforts. We had great conversations, and have started working on a bipartisan campaign to get multiple sponsors for our 2019 pay parity bill.
Amazing support from our ND community!
Since our release of the All Payers/All Claims report (https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.oanp.org/resource/resmgr/docs/public_commercial_health_ins.pd) that highlights the private insurance reimbursement disparity that NDs face, we’ve had some wonderful support from our OANP community. We’ve asked NDs to submit their complaints to the Department of Consumer and Business Services, so that we can prove that our grievances are valid. Thank you for those that have renewed memberships, joined committees, and have offered to write testimonials. We need all the help that we can get to move this mountain!
OANP Launches Active Member Facebook Group (Your membership has to be current to join):
We launched a private Facebook group for active OANP members. Our goal is to provide a space for members to share success stories, post questions, and brainstorm ideas. We will also be using this platform to share information, give updates, and support each other on our legislative efforts. Our hope is that this space will be a hub of communication, community, and support for our profession and each other. We want to provide easy access to members to connect with board members and staff and hope that you will join us on Facebook!
To join our group, click here.
To "like" the OANP Facebook page, click here.
Other ways to support our efforts:
- Renew your membership by clicking here!
- Donate to the OANP Legislative Action fund by clicking here!
- Update your address so that we know which NDs we have in what districts.
- Reach out to your local representatives! Send them an email letting them know that you are a constituent, and you vote - let them know the issue that NDs have around pay parity.
Get involved! Volunteer on a committee or a task force, email firstname.lastname@example.org