Lawmakers Override LePage Veto, Uphold Insurance Coverage For Naturopathic Health Care

By overwhelming majorities in both the House and the Senate, Maine lawmakers this week overrode Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of a new law, LD 1030, which requires health insurance companies to pay for services provided by naturopathic doctors.

The law, which applies to all insurance plans in effect on Jan. 1, 2019, requires insurers to pay for health care provided by licensed naturopaths just as if the care were given by other licensed providers, including medical doctors, osteopathic doctors or nurse practitioners.

It prohibits insurers from charging higher out-of-pocket spending, such as co-pays or deductibles, for naturopathic care. And while it does not require insurers to specifically include naturopaths in their provider networks, it prohibits them from excluding them on the basis of their training and licensure.

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