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NCH is currently involved in activities aimed at increasing access to homeopathy throughout the country at the national level.
NCH does not have the resources to actively track similar activities or legislation at the state level; however, we are happy to share these kinds of state level activities with the homeopathic community. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the information to be share.
FDA & FTC Activities and Updates
- AIH: Letter to FTC in Response to Statement on Homeopathy (November 16, 2016)
- AAHP Encourages Clear and Open Communication on Teething Medicines Tragedies
- FTC Issues Enforcement Policy Statement Regarding Marketing Claims for Over-the-Counter Homeopathic Drugs (November 15, 2016)
- NCH ACTION ALERT: Help Us Correct Misconceptions About Homeopathic Teething Tablets (October 17, 2016)
- FDA Warns Against the Use of Homeopathic Teething Tablets and Gels (September 30, 2016)
- FTC Public Workshop: The Federal Trade Commission hosted a workshop on September 21, 2015 to evaluate advertising for over-the-counter homeopathic products. The workshop brought together a variety of stakeholders, including medical professionals, industry representatives, consumer advocates, and government regulators.
- FDA Public Hearing: On April 20-21, 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a public hearing at its White Oak Campus to obtain information and comments from stakeholders about the current use of human drug and biological products labeled as homeopathic, as well as the Agency’s regulatory framework for such products. These products include prescription drugs and biological products labeled as homeopathic and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs labeled as homeopathic. FDA seeks written comments from all interested parties, including, but not limited to, consumers, patients, caregivers, health care professionals, patient groups, and industry.
Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium
The Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC) represents the national policy and legislative interests of the nation's complementary and integrative healthcare professions before the Congress and Federal agencies. NCH is an active Partner for Health in IHPC, with a representative sitting on the Board of Directors.
As a Partner for Health, NCH supports education and awareness efforts in Congress about integrative health, and homeopathy in particular. Learn more about IHPC.
Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed in 2010, IHPC has been focused on ensuring compliance with provisions of the law that support complementary and integrative health providers. The most important of these is Section 2706, "Non-discrimination in healthcare," which forbids insurers from excluding state-licensed providers from their policies. This includes the complementary and integrative providers represented by IHPC who work closely with the nation's homeopathy professionals.
In 2014, IHPC initiated two important projects that are advancing the goal of ending discrimination against providers.
CoverMyCare.org – a national consumer advocacy campaign designed to make sure that state regulators follow the law and direct their insurance companies to end discrimination. Proper implementation will expand public access to these therapies and of course the professionals who deliver them.
Integrative Health and Medicine: Today’s Answer to Affordable Healthcare -- Health Creation Economics. This important information resource compiles research data showing the financial benefits of integrating complementary and integrative care throughout the American care system. This guide will help policy makers, insurers, regulators, employers and the public understand the benefits that can come with wider, more equitable access to integrative care.
- Presentations from the symposium held on September 29, 2014 at Georgetown University may be viewed in the Resources section on the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care's website by clicking here. The first five are from a morning panel entitled "From the 2010 Stakeholder Report Forward: Integrative Health and the ACA -- Where Have We Come From? Where Do We Go Next?" The last three from an afternoon panel entitled "Emerging Trends and Opportunities in Integrative Health & Medicine".
- A Call to Action: Advancing the Legacy of US Senator, Tom Harkin: Presentations from the symposium held on September 29, 2014 at Georgetown University may be viewed in the Resources section on the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care's website by clicking here. The first five are from a morning panel entitled "From the 2010 Stakeholder Report Forward: Integrative Health and the ACA -- Where Have We Come From? Where Do We Go Next?" The last three from an afternoon panel entitled "Emerging Trends and Opportunities in Integrative Health & Medicine". (9/2014)
- How the Affordable Care Act Affects Homeopaths: An Update (8/2014)
- IHPC and CAHCIM Congressional Briefings (April 4, 2014)
More about IHPC
IHPC's organizational members – its "Partners for Health" -- represent individual professional providers in the integrative disciplines who practice all across America, as well as several of the nation's primary educational institutions in the fields. NCH is an active Partner for Health and is represented on the IHPC Board of Directors.
IHPC supports NCH and other members through education and awareness programs for the Congress about the rapid evolution of integrative health, including homeopathy, as consumer and patient preferences begin to define the transition of American healthcare. IHPC meets with and educates Congressional representatives in various forums, including its annual briefings on Capitol Hill for both the House and Senate.
IHPC advocates for an integrative healthcare system with equal access to the full range of health-oriented, person-centered, regulated healthcare professionals,