Doctors of naturopathic medicine would be reimbursed by health insurance companies under a bill passed by the New Hampshire Senate.
The Senate voted 16-8 Wednesday in favor of the bill. Opponents argued that the bill amounted to a mandate for insurers that would lead to increased premiums. Supporters argued it was a matter of fairness because insurers already reimburse other health care providers for providing the same services.
Sen. Lou D'Allesandro, a Manchester Democrat, said the bill would save money in the long term by reducing the need for more expensive medical care.
Naturopathic medicine emphasizes the body's own healing powers.
The bill already has passed the House and now goes to the governor.