Natural health care providers; not licensed may provide care to consumer for use of natural foods. (HB1744)

Introduced By

Del. Brenda Pogge (R-Williamsburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Health professions; natural health care providers. Clarifies that an individual who is not licensed, registered, certified, or permitted by a health regulatory board may provide health care services, therapies, and methods by assessing, evaluating, advising, educating, counseling, informing, or rendering care to consumers regarding the use of natural foods, dietary supplements, homeopathic remedies and products, and healing and natural therapies for the prevention, remedy, or treatment of various health or physical conditions as long as he discloses to consumers his qualifications and does not violate existing provisions governing the health professions. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/07/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 094433686
01/07/2009Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/15/2009Impact statement from DPB (HB1744)
01/16/2009Assigned HWI sub: Health
01/26/2009Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
01/27/2009Tabled in Health, Welfare and Institutions


Pat B writes:

This bill guarantees freedoms without costing the taxpayers any money!!! The government DOES have a role to guarantee freedoms, like my freedom to choose from both licensed and unlicensed health care practitioners in Virginia for my health care.

My access to unlicensed health care practitioners is now threatened because of outdated laws that give exclusive rights to a few licensed professionals to engage in all aspects of the healing arts and exclude other practitioners and treatments.

Traditional healers and unlicensed practitioners engage in historically safe nutritional and lifestyle counseling, herbal and homeopathic therapies, and many less expensive modalities. They do not practice medical procedures that pose a high risk of harm to the public. Yet in VA no law protects my access to these far less expensive unlicensed practitioners.

Support freedom.