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Alternative medicine advocates meet with legislators about bill
by Erik Gable, Ledger assistant news editor

The Fairfield Ledger    Translate This Article
Fairfield, Iowa, United States
28 February 2004

Supporters of a bill to exempt alternative health care providers from state licensing requirements met with legislators and medical groups Wednesday in Des Moines.

The Consumer Health Freedom Act, House File 477, is being considered by a subcommittee of the House Human Resources Committee. It would exempt people who practice alternative forms of medicine such as ayurveda and homeopathy from needing to be licensed, and also would require providers to give patients a written disclosure of their licensure status, training and other information.

Groups like the Iowa Medical Society have raised objections to the bill. David Sands, a Fairfield physician who practices ayurvedic medicine and is vice president of the Iowa Health Freedom Coalition, said Wednesday's meeting was to discuss some of those concerns and ways of addressing them in the bill.

For example, Sands said, one change would require providers who previously had a license and lost it due to misconduct to disclose that fact. . . . 'The bill is shaping up and it's ready to come to discussion before the committee, which should happen next week,' Sands said. . . .   

Fairfield Daily Ledger Inc. 2004

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