Creating Waves of Awareness
NEW HEALTH-FREEDOM BILL LAUNCHED IN TEXAS
April 11, 2011
The Complementary and Alternative Health Care Services Bill (House Bill 1716/Senate Bill 1084) is a brand-new bill, just filed in the State legislature. It recognizes the safety of complementary-and-alternative modalities and will protect the natural health-care industry from the rampages of arbitrary and mindless medical bureaucrats, and with it also protect patient access to that industry in Texas.
The National Health Federation (NHF) is one of several organizations actively working to get this Bill passed so that Texans’ health rights can be protected. The Bill can be found at HB 1716/SB 1084 (full text of Bill not available at this time due to continued text changes).
The Forces Behind the Bill
The National Health Federation, the Texas Health Freedom Coalition, the Sunshine Health Freedom Foundation, and the courageous alternative-health practitioner Michele O'Donnell are working for the health-freedom rights of all alternative practitioners in Texas and for those Texans who want to use those natural health services.
Our lobbyist for this legislation is Robert Flores, who specializes in governmental affairs and public relations. With Texas having over 50,000 providers of complementary and alternative health care and over 6,500,000 Texans currently using this form to maintain their health, passing this legislation is crucial, and we are all doing our best to ensure passage of this vital legislation.
Where This Bill Stands Now
With both HB 1716 (Rep. John Garza author) and SB 1084 (Sen. Jeff Wentworth author) having been filed, HB 1716 is in line already for a hearing before the House Public Health Committee, which will occur soon. While Representative Zedler was the first to joint author the House version of the Bill, Representatives Jodie Laubenberg, Debbie Riddle, and Bill Zedler have signed on to it as joint authors. We expect other legislators to join us as well.
This Bill will:
Other important considerations are:
Please review the Bill White Paper and the Bill Point Paper (click here)
We are planning the next "Lobby Day" in Austin, Texas, with the goal being to provide the legislative staff and Committee members with more information and awareness about the positive aspects of the joint Bill.
National Health Federation: Established in 1955, the National Health Federation is a consumer-education, health-freedom organization working to protect individuals' rights to choose to consume healthy food, take supplements and use alternative therapies without unnecessary government restrictions. The NHF is the only such organization with recognized observer-delegate status at Codex meetings. www.thenhf.com
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