Help License Naturopathic Doctors in Wisconsin!
ByJoanne Aponte, ND •January 12, 2022
Naturopathic doctors in Wisconsin are on the verge of licensure and we need your help!!!
The bill to license NDs in Wisconsin is making great progress! We’ve had two successful hearings so far. We are pleased to report that as of January 12, 2022 the ND licensing bill has passed out of both the Senate Committee and the Assembly Committee! The bill will now move to the Assembly & Senate floor where all State Senators and Representatives will vote on our bill.
When it’s time we need patients and supporters to call and email their local legislators letting them know that they support licensure of naturopathic doctors and encourage them to Vote YES on AB 529.
Why do ND’s need to be licensed?
Licensure will be a critical step so that Naturopathic Doctors can help serve patients better. Your naturopathic doctor needs to be licensed to be able to do the following things. Right now we can’t do any of these! We must first be licensed.
- Serve as your primary care provider
- Bill labs to your insurance to reduce your out-of-pocket costs
- Put in a referral to a specialist when you need it
- Insurance companies are unlikely to reimburse you for the cost of an appointment until NDs are licensed.
As licensed practitioners, we will be able to better communicate and collaborate with your medical doctors. Licensure will also legitimize the title “Naturopathic Doctor”. Right now anyone (with or without training) can call themselves a naturopathic doctor. See here for more on our training as licensed naturopathic doctors.
Thank you for your support! Together we can make this happen.
Dr. Sarah Axtell, Dr. Joanne Aponte and Dr. Katarina Meister
- Dr. Katarina Mesiter & Dr. Sarah Axtell’s testimony to the Assembly Committee on Health in support of Assembly Bill 529 to license NDs in Wisconsin
- Graphic to show how far we have come in this process and how close we are to the goal of getting NDs licensed.
Editor’s Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health practitioners with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health program.