Think Natural Remedies Won’t be Covered under Insurance?

President Obama’s Affordable Care Act has received a lot of heat in the news from both sides and the true effects of this measure still remain to be seen. Traditional insurance has been to blame for marginalizing many readily available naturopathic and holistic remedies for illness because it is not covered in these policies. This however may be changing as the Affordable Care Act is said to put Naturopathic practices on a more even keel with conventional practitioners. 

After years of wrangling, dozens of lawsuits and a Supreme Court decision, the re-election of President Obama sealed the fate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: the law would stand.

When the bulk of the law takes effect in 2014, some 30 million uninsured Americans will receive health coverage; insurers will no longer be able to deny coverage to those already sick; and new measures will try to stop the skyrocketing cost of health care.Supporters hail the law as the greatest expansion of the social compact since the Medicare/Medicaid expansion of the 1960s.

But for naturopathic doctors (NDs) seeking to expand access to their medicine, the survival of health care reform marks not the completion of their work, but the beginning.

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