Naturopathic Physicians and Medicare

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Each year, the number of seniors who qualify for Medicare increases and so does the need to provide them with greater choice in health care. A major AANP legislative priority is to get licensed naturopathic doctors included in Medicare so that seniors can be reimbursed for a type of care that can prevent many types of chronic illness and improve patients’ quality of life by alleviating the need for expensive drugs and surgery. To move toward this goal, the AANP asked Congress to direct the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to pursue a pilot project that would demonstrate the value of naturopathic care for seniors while saving the government money. A similar pilot project – one conducted by YMCA of the USA on diabetes prevention – is on track to become the first truly preventive approach covered by Medicare. AANP officially launched this Medicare initiative at our 2016 federal legislative event, the DC FLI, where hundreds of naturopathic doctors and students visit their members of Congress. The result: a "Dear Colleague" letter prompting Medicare to undertake a pilot project examining the health benefits and cost savings of naturopathic care for seniors at risk from cardiovascular illness.    If you are interested in extending this push by emailing or phoning your Congressional office, please let us know HERE!  Please familiarize yourself with the materials on this webpage. AANP thanks you for your passion and your commitment to transform health care – for seniors and for citizens throughout the country.  MEDICARE 

Primary Care Physicians Accepting Medicare: A Snapshot

Demographic analysis reveals some differences in the rates at which different types of physicians report accepting new Medicare patients. For example, 83 percent of primary care physicians who self-identify as Asian accept new Medicare patients, similar to the 86 percent among physicians who self-identify as either Black, Hispanic, or of another or multiple races (Figure 2). In contrast, a lower share of white primary care physicians (66 percent) say they are accepting new Medicare patients. Notably, while higher shares of Black and Hispanic primary care physicians accept new Medicare patients, Black and Hispanic physicians continue to comprise a relatively small share of the overall non-pediatric primary care physician workforce.

Physicians for a National Health Program

Now that the health care debate has taken center stage, Americans are standing up to demand a real solution to our ongoing crisis. The Expanded & Improved Medicare for All Act, H.R. 676, is that solution. The bill, which was introduced by Rep. John Conyers in January, continues to gain cosponsors, and is currently at 112 – an all-time record. Please call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask your rep. to cosponsor H.R. 676 today! Or view this frequently updated guide to current and likely cosponsors to inform your activism.

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