A Roadmap for Improving Insurance Coverage of Naturopathic Medicine in California
I hope this message finds you healthy and happy! I would like to share with you an update on our efforts at the California Naturopathic Doctors Association to improve insurance coverage for naturopathic doctors.
In early 2014, the CNDA created a new committee focused on improving insurance reimbursement for patients of NDs and increasing credentialing options for NDs interested in becoming in-network providers. Over the past several months, we have had many productive conversations with the California Departments ofInsurance and Managed Healthcare (DOI and DMHC)-the state agencies responsible for regulating insurancecoverage in California. Our conversations focused on naturopathic doctor training and the cost savings of naturopathic medicine for primary care services. We also discussed the need for enforcement of Section 2706 of the federal Affordable Care Act, which states that insurance companies cannot discriminate against a provider type, and that providers who are licensed to provide primary care services must be covered by insurance plans.
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