Legislative Update June 2019
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Posted by: Jeff Clark | OANP Legislative Chair
SB 734, the ND pay parity bill, remains stuck from advancing by the co-chairs of Ways and Means in the Human Services Subcommittee. This is a particularly disappointing position to be in. Not only because of all the hard work and effort that has gone into it, but because we have bipartisan support and quite likely enough votes for it to pass unanimously out of the subcommittee.
The last day of the 2019 session, June 30th, is quickly approaching. Last week, we spent time meeting with all of our bill sponsors in Salem. Included in these conversations were Dr. Angela Cortal, Beth Martin, and our lobbyist, Niki Terzieff. We have not lost support. All of the positive emails from the OANP, and from our friends and patients, are getting noticed and turning up the attention in the building.
We submitted an opinion piece to the business journal that was published both online and in print form. Beth Martin and I were interviewed by one of their reporters who is now sifting through all of our written testimony submitted with the bill. We are hoping that these articles help raise the question as to why we are being blocked in the minds of the legislators. Here are the links to both articles (they are behind a pay-to-view firewall):
It's time to end discriminatory practices in Oregon against naturopathic physicians
Naturopathic medicine advocates want to narrow reimbursement gap
We are continuing to collect letters of support. We are requesting letters from patients, other provider types and NDs regarding the need for this bill to pass. I would like to ask that you help us by writing your own testimonial, and asking your patients and co-workers/friends to write a testimonial on behalf of the OANP. If you know people, this is not "nice to have", this is an essential level of support we must gather in for the 2020 short session. See the testimonial templates here (Provider Testimonial, ND Testimonial, Patient Testimonial).
The game is not over! In politics the distance between two points is seldom a straight line. If anything, we are seeing a galvanizing to get this done in the 2020 short session. We have a plan already that will ensure we do not simply end up in the exact same place again. We have done really well, and worse comes to worse, will be excellently positioned to get this done in the short session!
Here are other ways to help us this session, and looking towards 2020:
- Current members – join our private Facebook group, click here.
- To "like" the OANP Facebook page, click here.
- 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
With deep appreciation,
Jeff Clark, ND
OANP Legislative Chair