We are currently pursuing legislation to increase our scope of practice in Alaska! Senate Bill 120 would restore our ability to provide IV and IM nutrients, and bring our scope up to the level of our training, matching other states where naturopathic doctors are licensed. Please email or call you legislators to inform them of your support!
Senate Bill 120: Alaska Naturopathic health care Reform
SB120 redefines the scope of practice for naturopathic doctors in Alaska to reflect their education and training. Among other things, the bill allow licensed practitioners to perform minor office procedures (surgeries) and issue vitamins, minerals and non-controlled substance prescription medications.
Regulating naturopathic doctors appropriately will encourage more young practitioners to move to Alaska and serve Alaskans. Naturopathic doctors qualify for Indian Health Service’s national loan repayment program aimed to increase access to remote Alaska but are unable to make use of this program due to the limited scope of practice.