Bill to license Idaho naturopathic doctors signed into law

Posted at 11:51 AM, Mar 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-28 14:10:55-04

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — — Legislation creating a licensing path in Idaho for naturopathic medical doctors has been signed into law by Gov. Brad Little.

On Monday, Little signed into law the legislation allowing the state to issue licenses to those who have graduated from an accredited naturopathic medical school and have passed exams.

Backers say the legislation will allow licensed naturopathic medical doctors to order lab tests and prescriptions that can be filled by pharmacists. Currently, pharmacists are not allowed to fill prescriptions from non-licensed naturopathic medical doctors.

Those opposed to the bill say naturopathic doctors in Idaho who did not graduate from accredited medical schools will not be able to get a license. Those naturopathic doctors will still be able to offer their services in Idaho, however.

The bill passed the House 64-3 and the Senate 32-2.