California Health Freedom Coalition


Health Care Freedom is a Right, not a privilege!

Hello Colleagues and Friends:

Please could you to make a phone call and distribute the following message to your colleagues, students, friends, and family immediately?

We’re making progress thanks to your efforts to advocate for changes to SB796! We have encouraging feedback from the legislature via our wonderful lobbyist, Roxanne Gould. She recommends that we continue to make gentle contact with Senator Hill’s staff at his Capitol offices in a disciplined, persistent, concise, polite, and calm way.

A 30-second contact will do it. Off topic messages or longer contacts may aggravate the staff and this could work against us. We have to understand that the staff are under enormous pressure at this time with all the other business they must handle for Senator Hill. Our concerns are being heard, but it’s one of dozens of other issues that Hill must deal with in a very short deadline.

Our job is to deliver a message and build trust - as if we are in a job interview situation. We want to leave only a positive impression.

Here is the suggested message:

"I am calling to ask that Senator Hill please amend SB796 to keep naturopathy titles in the public domain. We are so grateful that the Senator took time to meet with representatives of our group on Friday.

(Continue if the staffer is receptive - otherwise, thank them for their time and end the call here)

The effect of stripping titles from a professional group will lead to job losses, and the public will be confused. A sunset bill is not the proper place to decide a turf war between two groups. We support the language the the California Health Freedom Coalition has provided to amend SB 796 as a common sense approach to keeping the public informed about naturopaths and naturopathy.”

Senator Hills Capitol office Phone number is: (916) 651-4013

Thanks so much,

Sincerely,

John Melnychuk
President, CHFC
www.californiahealthfreedom.com


You can find the current text of SB796 (2017) here:  http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB796

SB796 – Amended Language:  Option #1

On Page 6, Delete Lines 18 through 28 and replace with the following and renumber accordingly:

“amended as follows:
3645. (a) This chapter permits, and does not restrict the use of, the following titles by persons who are educated and trained as any of the following:
(1) “Naturopath.”
(2) “Naturopathic practitioner.”
(3) “Traditional naturopathic practitioner.”
(b) This chapter permits, and does not restrict, the education of persons as described in paragraphs (1) to (3), inclusive, of
subdivision (a). Those persons are not required to be licensed under this chapter.
(c) Use of the title "doctor," "Dr.," or "physician" alone or in combination with any other words, letters, ? or insignia to describe a naturopath, naturopathic practitioners, or traditional naturopathic practitioner, that is not licensed under this act is prohibited.”

A person who advertises or holds themselves out to the public as providing naturopathic services who is not licensed under this act shall disclose in the advertisement or representation that he or she is not licensed as a naturopathic doctor and is not a physician, a surgeon, or a physician and surgeon.
(d) A person who uses the titles in Section 3645 shall, prior to providing services, do the following:

   (1) Disclose to the client in a written statement using plain language that he or she is not a not a licensed naturopathic doctor and is not a physician, a surgeon, or a physician and surgeon.  
   (2) Obtain a written acknowledgement from the client stating that he or she has been provided with the information described in paragraph (1).  The client shall be provided with a copy of the written acknowledgement, which shall be maintained by the person providing the service for three years.

?On Page 6 delete Line 38

On Page 6, Line 39, delete “naturopathic practitioner

SB796 – Amended Language   Option #2

On Page 6, Delete Lines 18 through 28 and replace with the following and renumber accordingly:

“amended as follows:
3645. (a) This chapter permits, and does not restrict the use of, the following titles by persons who are educated and trained as any of the following:
(1) “Naturopath.”
(2) “Naturopathic practitioner.”
(3) “Traditional naturopathic practitioner.”
(b) This chapter permits, and does not restrict, the education of persons as described in paragraphs (1) to (3), inclusive, of
subdivision (a). Those persons are not required to be licensed under this chapter.
 (c) Use of the title "doctor," "Dr.," or "physician" alone or in combination with any other words, letters,? or insignia to describe a naturopath, naturopathic practitioners, or traditional naturopathic practitioner, that is not licensed under this act is prohibited.”
On Page 6, Line 39, delete “naturopathic practitioner”

 

January 1, 2003: The dawn of a new era...

September 23, 2002, history was made in California. With the unanimous support of the legislature, Governor Davis signed into law SB-577, sponsored by the California Health Freedom Coalition (CHFC) and authored by Senator John Burton.

As of January 1, 2003, California law now recognizes the professional legitimacy of alternative and complementary health care practitioners and healers allowing them, for the first time, to be able to legally provide and advertise their services in California.

As Governor Davis noted, SB-577 "will ease access to alternative and complementary health care options for all Californians." He also stated that "the bill provides adequate safeguards for California consumers and enables them to make an informed choice regarding their personal health care."

With the implementation of this legislation, CHFC now moves from advocacy (getting the bill passed) to implementation (educating health care practitioners and consumers about the new law). While you can still read about how we got the bill passed, this web site will now focus on providing resources and support to those practicing and those receiving unlicensed health care services in California. Click on one of the links below for more information.

Practitioner Resources

Consumer Resources

Please let me know if you have any questions that are not answered on this site or can suggest other resources that would be useful to providers or consumers.

In the meantime, I want to thank all of our thousands of supporters in California and around the nation for your help in making this revolutionary legislation possible.

John Melnychuk, R.S.Hom (N.A) C.C.H.
President, California Health Freedom Coalition


Contact Information:
California Health Freedom Coalition
PO Box 186
Palo Alto, CA 94302

Voicemail: 650-352-4533
E-mail: chfc@californiahealthfreedom.com

 

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