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Florida Naturopathic Licensure Bill

A bill to license naturopathic doctors (ND) in Florida is being promoted by Representative David Smith (R) and Senator Ana Maria Rodriguez (R) during the Florida 2024 legislative session.

Because Florida does not license NDs, Smith believes that limits freedom of medical choice for Floridians that prefer a holistic, integrative or natural approach to medical care. He says, “Floridians should have the medical freedom to see the healthcare provider they choose. This bill ensures Florida doesn’t lag behind the majority of other states that are licensing naturopathic doctors. Expanding access to quality healthcare will remain a top priority of mine, especially as our state’s population continues to grow.”

Currently, 26 U.S. jurisdictions license or register NDs, requiring them to graduate from an accredited four-year naturopathic medical program and pass an extensive licensing examination. Naturopathic medicine identifies and addresses the underlying root causes of disease, treating patients with evidence-based natural therapies. Licensure ensures access to rigorously trained medical professionals.

Dr. Todd Robinson, president of the Florida Naturopathic Physicians Association, summarizes the issue: “Despite advances in modern medicine, chronic disease remains rampant and patients are realizing that prescription medications cannot solve all their health problems. Florida desperately needs more qualified healthcare providers, especially those trained in the drugless prevention and treatment of disease. Naturopathic doctors can meet the need. Once this bill is law, properly trained naturopathic doctors will get to work helping Floridians achieve better health.”

For more information, search bills HB 843 and SB 898 to license NDs in Florida at  MyFloridaHouse.gov. Contact Florida legislators to show support. For details about naturopathic medicine, visit Florida Naturopathic Physicians Association at fnpa.org or American Association of Naturopathic Physicians at Naturopathic.org.