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 buttons for more information.
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