I've had my doctor for the past 12 years; she knows me as a whole person, and not just as a 30 second "What's up? Okay, here's a prescription, now get out," doctor like other providers that I've gone to. The only problem (though not to me) is that she's a Naturopath. In Oregon, Naturopaths go through the same schooling, have the same admitting and prescribing privileges as an MD, etc, so there's no lack of care or worry that comes with going to a Naturopath.
And now Naturopaths have the weight of the ACA behind them.
When Obamacare first started, and health insurance companies had to become more strict with spending 80% of their premiums paid into them as actual healthcare expenses (instead of, say, for a lobbyist), things started cracking down. For the first time ever, my doctor was refused coverage by almost every insurance company. This meant that I had to pay out of pocket for medically necessary vaccinations (I work in hospitals) as well as for my yearly physical and labwork that was done as part of that physical. My company provided healthcare insurance - two different companies over two different years - were "sympathetic" but happily pointed to the "We don't cover Naturopaths" to back up their refusal of service.
But a little known provision of the ACA came effective January 1st, 2014. It's section 2706, and it states that licensed professional healthcare workers cannot be discriminated against when it comes to coverage, copays, or deductibles, as long as they are operating under the scope of their license. So insurance companies can't say they'll pay 80% coverage with a $20 co-pay for a regular MD, while saying Naturopaths, and even Chiropractors, etc, aren't covered. As long as the provider is working within the scope of their license, the insurance company has to pay, just like another provider.
Of course the insurance companies are balking at this - but the good thing is, they're losing. My doctor visit from the beginning of April was denied coverage, so I and the head of my company's HR department started going after them. They claimed they hadn't heard of Section 2706, so "We'll have to look into that. But in the mean time, denied. And appeal denied."
Two big Oregon companies have already started complying - Regence BCBS, the sister of the coverage I have (BlueKC) being one of them.
So Naturopathic physicians and their patients celebrate! And if you're stonewalled by your insurance company, there are steps you can take to put the odds in your favor.