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More broadly, it is the state of being conscious of something.

3. Senate Bill 834 (new)

     - introduced July 31, 2017

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Pa Legislative UPDATE 

JUNE 2018 -  Your Help is Needed...

Re: HB516  passed November 217

This New Legislation takes effect January 1, 2018

(Currently Put on hold til guidelines for practice have been detailed, approved  and voted on by the Pa Medical Board)

1st public

meeting notice

WHAT: Governor Wolf Outlines Occupational Licensing Reforms
WHEN: Thursday, June 14, 2018; 2:30 PM
WHERE: Wilkes Barre Career & Technical Center, 350 Jumper Rd., Plains Township
LIVE STREAM: www.governor.pa.gov/live

Educate yourself with the following information that will effect your ability to practice as a Doctor of Traditional Naturopathy in Pennsylvania, effective January 1, 2018. (date delayed)

- August 2018 National Health Awareness Observances -

2. Contact Your

    State Representatives

- VOTE NO -

Pennsylvania

Senate Bill 834

Governor Wolf Proposes Job Licensing Reform to Cut Red Tape, Strengthen Workforce

Feel free to call or e-mail any of the PaTNA Board members if you have additional questions. Membership in our organization would also be of great help as it does cost to attend meetings, research, phone calls and mail info to all the state officials and other interested parties.   

Thank you....

2nd public

meeting notice

Pennsylvania Traditional 

Naturopaths Association

NOW

What You Can Do To Help...

Dear Legal Counsel,
I wanted to share some information to help educate the board about Traditional Naturopathy and it's long history, as it's  been around for hundreds of years. Early naturopaths were called “Nature Doctors”. I highly recommend the book Nature Doctors by Friedhelm Kirchfeld and Wayde Boyle. It reviews the history of ND's dating back to the 1700’s in this country. I often open it because I find the early traditional philosophies so important. Most of all its about creating VITALITY. Not seeking a magic bullet’s to cure. Early Naturopaths were priests, pastors, philosophers, and some “medical doctors”. Early Naturopathic Doctors used water, earth, herbs, cleansing diets and hydrotherapy to treat community illness. My colleagues and I have training that includes, nutrition, herbology, movement therapies, detoxification, vitamins, homeopathy, and other Holistic therapies.  I would say most of our practices are pretty hands off, except massage therapy and reflexology. In addition to having a Traditional Doctorate of Naturopathy, most of my colleges hold additional certifications in hypnosis, and counseling as well as healing crystal and yoga. Most Traditional Doctors of Naturopathy have additional training and certificates in herbology, iridology, homeopathy, bodywork therapies, muscle response testing, just to name a few. 
The National Naturopathic Association and Certification Board is the certification many of us hold and here is a link to their web-site: https://www.anma.org/. 
Today we all agree in the Basic Principles of Traditional Naturopathy; Do no harm, Treat the whole person, Prevention, Seek to understand cause, Healing power of nature, and most importantly, Doctor as a teacher...
 It truly was not until recently that “naturopaths” from “select” schools now  believe they are trained to act as medical doctors and have comparable medical training and educational standards as todays MD’s and DO's have, as they said in the meeting. And have posted on their website-The Pennsylvania Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
         Most importantly is that you know that the scope of practice they initially outlined in HB 516 was completely deleted from this current law and, they are trying to have another bill put through the legislature expanding on your job at hand under this law. My biggest concern is our right to practice is protected. There are over 300 Traditional Doctors of Naturopathy in Pennsylvania with my type of training and only about  18 to 20 with the “select” medical school training. Forcing a narrow agenda that will result in putting several hundred practitioners out of work or unable to make a decent living. Thus, this ”scope of practice”, previously deleted from the bill because it was prohibitive from allowing all the naturopaths is the state to continue to practice.
You should also be aware that the Pennsylvania Naturopathic Physician group introduced SB 834 recently which was exactly what was deleted from HB 516 as it tried to take away the livelyhood of some 300 or more practitioners. 
My final comment, is that ultimately I am a stakeholder. This is my livelihood, my passion and my purpose. I love waking up everyday and thinking about ways to help my clients improve their health.
Thank you again for considering our profession and considering what Traditional Naturopathy is and how it was meant to be practiced.

Sincerely,

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Auctioneers, only require registration and bonding.
Barbers, only require certification from a licensed barber school, passage of examination, minimum hours of training, and registration with the State Board of Barber Examiners.
Cemetery Broker/Cemetery Salesperson, only require passage of relevant examination, 60 hours of instruction and registration.
Campground Membership Salesperson, only require registration with the State Real Estate Commission.
Natural Hair Braiding License, eliminate this license.
Orthotic fitter/Orthotist/Pedorthist/Prosthetist, only require credentialing, passage of an education program, training, and minimum hours of training.
Practitioner of Oriental Medicine, maintain existing, but separate acupuncturist licensing requirement to protect public health and safety.
Rental Listing Referral Agent, only require registration with the State Real Estate Commission.
Vehicle Factory Representative, only require registration with the State Board of Vehicle Manufacturers, Dealers, and Salespersons.

Continuing Education

PaTNA,

Representing Pennsylvania's,

Doctors of Traditional Naturopathy.

Ease Relocation for Military Spouses
Licensing requirements can make it harder for workers to move across state lines, particularly for military spouses who have burdens transferring their license to Pennsylvania. The governor will work with the General Assembly to streamline the process for military spouses and pass legislation allowing licensing boards to seek reciprocity agreements with other states and grant licensure through endorsement.
“Military spouses serve our country with their selfless support of their loved ones in uniform, and they face numerous challenges along the way,” said Col. Edwards S. Little, Jr., representing the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “In Pennsylvania, one of those challenges is license portability, making it difficult for many military spouses to find employment. That is why the governor’s initiative to break down employment barriers by supporting the Military Spouse License Portability Act in our commonwealth is so important.”
Balance Education and Training Requirements
While continuing education has benefits to workers and consumers, over-regulating through unnecessary training can create undue burdens and costs. The governor is directing each licensing board to amend its continuing education regulations to levels established in state law. Additionally, the governor will work to enact legislation reducing training requirements for cosmetologists from 1,250 to 1,000 as recommended by the Future of the Beauty Industry Coalition, the national organization representing students, licensed stylists, salon owners, manufacturers, distributors, and cosmetology schools.
Provide Second Chance Reform
To level the playing field compared to our regional states, the governor is calling for a repeal of the automatic 10-year ban on licensing for anyone convicted of a drug felony. Instead, the 13 boards with the statutory ban could consider criminal history, but it would not be conclusive of a person’s fitness for a job. Removing this barrier encourages people to work, which reduces crime and recidivism, making our communities safer.
Speed Up Occupational License Process
The Governor’s Office of Performance Through Excellence will review the licensing applications process to reduce reviews to no more than 10 days, absent extenuating circumstances.
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4. Sign Our Petition

You may contact, Peter Kovach, he is legal counsel for the Pa State Board of Medicine and will be writing the rules, regulations and scope of practice for this new law. He is gathering information on what Doctors of Traditional Naturopathy do and how they differ from the new Medical Naturopathic Doctors.

He welcomes your input.


Contact Information:

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Peter Kovach,  Assistant Counsel
Pennsylvania Department of State 

Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs
2601 N. Third St.   | 

P.O. Box 69523

Harrisburg PA 17106-9523


Phone 717-783-7200 , Fax 717-787-0251

www.pkovach@pa.gov

2. Pa General Assembly

    2016 Act 128

1. Write Letters

    and Make Phone Calls

PaTNA

Naturopathic News

 and Current Events

Plains Township, PA – Building on his commitment to make state government more responsive to Pennsylvania’s growing economy, Governor Tom Wolf is calling for reforms to several job licensing boards and the licensing requirements to remove barriers to employment so skilled workers can enter the careers of their choice, strengthen the workforce, and grow our economy.
“Pennsylvania must be a place where people can put their skills, experience and education to work,” said Governor Wolf. “Requiring a government license to work in certain jobs helps to keep all of us safe, but those requirements should be fair.
“We must cut the red tape, reduce the bureaucracy and ensure overly burdensome rules and fees do not block hardworking people – especially our military spouses – from getting a good job, supporting their families and growing our economy.”
Nationwide, the share of workers needing a license has grown five-fold since the early 1950s, with most of the increase occurring as states require more professions to be licensed. Today, one in five Pennsylvania workers needs a government license to do their job, representing more than one million workers.
Over-licensing makes it harder for skilled workers to get into a profession, reducing their career opportunities and lowering their pay, while increasing costs to consumers. After decades of expanding licensing, there is a national awareness of the need to modernize job licensing to reduce restrictions while protecting consumers and benefiting workers.
Last year, Governor Wolf signed an Executive Order directing the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs within the Department of State to conduct a review of job licensing to compare Pennsylvania with our regional states. The governor’s proposals are the result of the final report.
Eliminate 13 Job Licenses
The governor called on the General Assembly to repeal 13 job licenses and replace them with less restrictive requirements that protect the public for the following:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 14, 2018

Upcoming Events

Next Public Meeting

to present the guidelines of practice for the Registered Medical Naturopaths... (TBA)

1. House Bill 516

    - Passed and signed into law Nov 3,2016

    - Effective Jan 1, 2018

3. Contact The

    Pa State Board of Medicine