REPRESENTATIVE JENNIFER JOHNSTON

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Sponsor    Statement

House Bill 91, by establishing a clear scope of practice for naturopathic doctors, aims to allow these primary health care providers in Alaska to practice consistent with their education and training.

Alaska’s nearly 60 licensed naturopaths provide valuable health care services and can play an important role in helping address Alaska’s primary care provider shortage. However, current state statue is vague as to the specific authorities of naturopaths, which has led to the adoption of some of the most restrictive naturopathic medicine regulations in the nation.

For example, despite being trained to perform a range of minor office procedures, such as sutures, wart removal, IUD placement and removal, naturopaths are prohibited from performing any of these routine procedures in Alaska. Similarly, many naturopaths have accredited pharmacological training, yet under current regulation are prohibited from writing prescriptions and must instead refer patients to other providers—even though those providers may have less advanced training. These overly restrictive regulations are causing many naturopaths to rethink practicing in Alaska.

HB 91 would correct this by outlining clear statutory guidelines, including, among other things, allowing licensed naturopathic practitioners to perform minor office procedures and to prescribe vitamins, minerals, and other non-controlled substance medications. This same scope is being practiced safely in other states and by other healthcare providers in Alaska with equal or lesser training.

Naturopathic medicine can provide valuable and complementary care in the Alaska health care setting. Many Alaskans struggle with basic health care access. The ability for naturopaths to practice the scope of medicine consistent with their training would immediately expand the availability of primary care in the state.

Many Alaskans face challenges with chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes, and hypertension. These are the sorts of issues for which naturopaths have clear tools to assist their patients. Naturopathic training focuses on disease prevention, rather than symptom and medication management alone. In the long-run, this type of care can provide cost-savings and improved health outcomes for consumers, insurers, and the state. HB 91 aims to let naturopathic medicine live up to this promise by allowing naturopathic doctors to practice within the scope of their training and education, thereby increasing competition in the healthcare sector and ensuring Alaskan’s have a range of options when choosing the style of healthcare that’s right for them.


 
REPRESENTATIVE JENNIFER JOHNSTON

SPONSOR STATEMENTS from Alaska House Majority

"An Act relating to exemptions from mortgage loan originator licensing requirements; and providing for an effective date"

From the office of Representative Wilson


"An Act Relating to Claims Against Protection and Indemnity Insurance Policies of Vessel Owners"

From the office of Representative Ortiz


"An Act relating to residency requirements for public school enrollment for certain children of active duty military members"

From the office of Representative Josephson


"An Act relating to the transfer of the title to a vehicle, including certain manufactured homes and trailers, on the death of the owner; allowing a person to act for the surviving spouse of a decedent to make a demand of the personal representative of the decedent’s estate related to enforcing a liability against real property or an interest in real property transferred at death by a transfer on death deed; and providing for an effective date.”

From the office of Representative Spohnholz


"An Act relating to a workforce enhancement program for health care professionals employed in the state; and providing for an effective date."

From the office of Representative Spohnholz


From the office of Representative Tuck


HB 117 – Municipal regulation of trapping

From the office of Representative Josephson


"An Act Relating to Protective Orders"

From the office of Representative Kopp


Strategically strengthening our laws will reduce Alaska’s sky-high crime rate. This bill will improve public safety by stiffening criminal procedures.

From the office of Representative Josephson


"An Act relating to the Funter Bay marine park unit of the state park system; relating to protection of the social and historical significance of the Unangax cemetery located in Funter Bay and providing for the amendment of the management plan for the Funter Bay marine park unit; and providing for an effective date."

From the office of Representative Hannan


“An Act relating to sentencing for vehicle theft in the first degree.”

From the office of Representative Fields


"An Act relating to the Alaska Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act; and relating to the sale of milk, milk products, raw milk, and raw milk products."

From the office of Representative Tarr


"An Act requiring law enforcement agencies to send sexual assault examination kits for testing within six months after collection; and providing for an effective date."

From the office of Representative Tarr


"An Act relating to insurance coverage for contraceptives and related services; and relating to medical assistance coverage for contraceptives and related services."

From the office of Representative Claman


Confining Vehicle Loads

From the office of Representative Tuck


“Toxic-Free Firefighters and Children Act”

From the office of Representative Tarr


“An Act relating to insurance coverage for benefits provided through telehealth; and providing for an effective date.”

From the office of Representative Spohnholz


House Bill 30: The Abigail Caudle Act

From the office of Representative Josephson


Shellfish Enhancement Projects; Hatcheries

From the office of Representative Ortiz


House Bill 44, "Automated Teller Machines: Fees"

From the office of Representative Ortiz


"Establishing May 15th as Hmong American Veterans Day"

From the office of Representative Tarr


"Military Work Experience"

From the office of Representative Story


"An Act establishing the month of February as Black History Month."

From the office of Representative Story


"An Act relating to the liability of an excavator for damaging an underground facility"

From the office of Representative Claman


House Bill 81: An Act prohibiting disposable shopping bags; and providing for an effective date

From the office of Representative Josephson


House Bill 82: Prohibiting Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression

From the office of Representative Josephson


Sponsor Statement for HB 86

From the office of Representative Fields


"An Act extending the liquefied natural gas storage facility tax credit; and providing for an effective date."

From the office of Representative Thompson


From the office of Representative Johnston


From the office of Representative Johnston


"An Act relating to temporary courtesy licenses for certain nonresident professionals; and relating to the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development."

From the office of Representative Tuck


House Bill 96

From the office of Representative Fields


From the office of Representative Edgmon


Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska relating to the duration of regular sessions of the Legislature

From the office of Representative Claman


Constitutional Amendment: Permanent Fund; POMV; Dividend

From the office of Representative Tuck