House Bill 3301

Chief Sponsors:    Representative Lively

Regular Sponsors:    

Bill Title:    Relating to naturopathic physicians.

Catchline/Summary:    Requires insurer to permit naturopathic physician to determine whether naturopathic physician is primary care provider or specialty care provider for purposes of insurer credentials. 
Adds primary care to definition of "naturopathic medicine."

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Analysis:  the key part of the bill (bold)  is:  “Naturopathic medicine” means the discipline that includes physiotherapy, natural healing processes, [and] minor surgery and primary care and has as its objective the maintaining of the body in, or of restoring it to, a state of normal health. 

Naturopathic physicians have inadequate training and education to care for injured workers and rely on pseudo-science and pseudo-medical diagnoses and treatments.  They should not be primary care providers.

Current Status: Signed into law,  takes effect January 2016.

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House Bill 2523

Chief Sponsors: Representative Witt

Regular Sponsors:Representative Doherty , Representative Kennemer 

Bill Title: Relating to medical service providers providing care to injured workers through managed care organization.

Catchline/Summary: Modifies treatment limits for certain chiropractic and naturopathic physicians who provide medical services to injured workers through managed care organization.

Authorizes chiropractic and naturopathic physicians who are members of managed care organization to authorize temporary disability compensation payments to injured workers for up to 30 days. Requires managed care organization to allow chiropractic and naturopathic physicians to serve as attending physician for injured workers for life of claim.

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Analysis: Chiropractic and naturopathic physicians have inadequate training and education to care for injured workers and rely on pseudo-science and pseudo-medical diagnoses and treatments. 

Current Status:  House Committee On Health Care.  In committee upon adjournment of the 2015 session.

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Senate Bill 631 Provides comprehensive health care coverage to all individuals residing or working in Oregon.

Chief Sponsors:Senator Dembrow , Senator Shields , Representative Smith Warner , Representative Williamson

Regular Sponsors:Senator Monroe , Senator Prozanski , Senator Riley , Representative Barker , Representative Barnhart , Representative Buckley , Representative Doherty , Representative Frederick , Representative Gallegos , Representative Gomberg ,Representative Gorsek , Representative Helm , Representative Holvey , Representative Hoyle , Representative Keny-Guyer , Representative Lininger , Representative Lively , Representative Nathanson , Representative Nosse ,Representative Rayfield , Representative Reardon , Representative Vega Pederson , Representative Witt

Bill Title:Relating to statewide health care coverage;

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While providing health call for all Oregonians, unfortunately the bill includes naturopaths, chiropractors and acupuncturists (bold added) :

The plan shall pay the costs of health services that are medically necessary or medically appropriate for the maintenance of health, the prevention of health problems and the diagnosis, treatment or rehabilitation of a health condition, within the scope of coverage prescribed by the Health Care for All Oregon Board, including but not limited to the following categories of health services: (a) Primary and preventive care, including health education; (b) Specialty care; (c) Inpatient and outpatient hospital care and emergency care; (d) Home health care; (e) Prescription drugs according to a drug formulary; (f) Durable medical equipment, including prosthetics; (g) Mental and behavioral health services; (h) Substance abuse treatment; (i) Dental services; (j) Chiropractic and naturopathic services; (k) Women’s health services; (L) Ophthalmic services, as well as basic vision and vision correction; (m) Diagnostic imaging, laboratory services and other diagnostic and evaluation services; (n) Inpatient and outpatient rehabilitative services, including physical, speech and occupational therapy; (o) Emergency transportation; (p) Translation of spoken and written language; (q) Palliative and hospice care; (r) Podiatry; (s) Acupuncture;....

Current Status: Senate Committee On Health Care.  In committee upon adjournment of the 2015 session.