HSI Newsletter August 2013
Colorado became the ninth state to pass a safe harbor health freedom law. On June 5, 2013 Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law the Colorado Natural Health Consumer Protection Act (SB 13-215). The groundbreaking legislation was sponsored by Senator Cheri Jahn and State Representative Joann Ginal. Access to natural health practitioners is now protected for almost all Colorado consumers!
The new law makes it clear that in Colorado a person who is practicing complementary and alternative health care services consistent with the requirements of the new law will not be unfairly prosecuted for not having a license to practice medicine as long as they do not engage in an activity listed on the prohibited list in the new law such as performing surgery, puncture of the skin, prescribing legend drugs or controlled substances, or fail to fulfill the disclosure duties in the new law (entire text here).
The courageous Sponsors and Co-sponsors were Senators Jahn, Newell, Nicholson, Ulibarri, Todd, Giron, Tochtrop and Representatives Ginal, Stephens, and Schafer. Lively hearings were held, some even up to five hours in length, as the sponsors and co-sponsors continued their support for our right to practice. The Colorado Sunshine Health Freedom Foundation and Colorado Natural Health Coalition have worked diligently over the past eight years to get a health freedom bill introduced and successfully passed in the Colorado legislature. Colorado is the ninth state to have protection of natural health care practitioners ensuring consumer access to natural and complementary and alternative health care approaches for their health and healing. Other states that have safe harbor laws are: Minnesota, Rhode Island, California, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Idaho, Arizona, and New Mexico.
A last minute amendment to ban unlicensed natural health care practitioners from treating children less than two years of age was added to the bill. Pediatricians claimed natural health practitioners were more likely to advise clients against dangerous vaccines. However natural health practitioners testified that they do not advise parents on vaccines but rather educate them so that they can make informed choices for their children. The amendment was a setback to practitioner and consumers of natural health and they worked hard to remove the amendment but in the end the amendment remained on the bill. Several health freedom organizations have met about how to remove the language in the 2014 session. Please contact NHFA or any of these organizations if you wish to support their upcoming efforts.
Pat Taggart is a homeopath that has been involved with this legislative effort. She is creating a database of contact information for Colorado homeopaths to make sure everyone knows of these new requirements. She will be sending out one or more sample disclosure forms and other information. If you are an unlicensed homeopath in Colorado please contact Pat at: APHomeopathy@gmail.com.
On a sad note…
Clinton Ray Miller, the Father of Health Freedom, passed away on July 24, 2013. Clinton was born on March 14, 1921, and lived his life as a health freedom activist. Clinton was the pioneer of all pioneers, working to protect health freedom for all Americans. His conviction that “Health Freedom is second only to Religious Freedom” was the foundation of his life’s work.
In 2000, Clinton turned his attention to state health freedom efforts becoming a vibrant Board Member of National Health Freedom Action, and working for Sunshine Health Freedom Foundation immersing himself into the state politics of safe harbor legislation to protect natural health and traditional practitioners from getting prosecuted for practicing medicine without a license. He has been a guiding force in seven states obtaining safe harbor laws.
Americans are indebted to Clinton Ray Miller for his tireless work protecting health freedoms. Thank you Clinton Ray Miller for your enthusiastic leadership and your freedom accomplishments for all Americans.