State Impact ( by Emily Corwin

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Although Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) undergo virtually the same training as medical doctors, their services have not been covered by insurance companies in the state of New Hampshire.

Two and a half years ago, ND Bert Mathieson was frustrated by what struck him as “discrimination flat out.” He got a sponsor for a bill that would change N.H. law. HB351 would require insurers in the state to reimburse naturopathic doctors, who emphasize illness prevention and lifestyle guidance rather than pharmaceutical or surgical procedures in their practice. Mathieson’s initial success – getting a sponsor – came after another ND’s failed attempt to work directly with insurance agencies 12 years ago, and 12 successive years of discontent among New Hampshire’s tight-knit Naturopathic community.

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