Over the last 60 years, research demonstrating the effectiveness of music therapy has grown and Washington residents are seeing first-hand the benefits of having music therapy as part of their health care team.
However, music is a powerful therapy tool, and has been shown to cause hearing loss, neurologic dysregulation, and overstimulation when administered incorrectly. Licensure will protect the public from harm by recognizing the national educational and clinical requirements for music therapists.
Without licensure, music therapy services are currently only available to residents who can pay out-of-pocket. Successful passage of a licensure bill will lay the foundation for inclusion in reimbursement programs when providing medically necessary services.
Music therapists in Washington can bill private insurance companies out-of-network. Whether you're a music therapist or a music therapy recipient, we've compiled all Washington-specific resources to help you start the conversation with your third-party reimbursement provider.
The Music Therapy Task Force has decades of combined experience billing private insurance and negotiating for inclusion of music therapy in Medicaid Waiver programs.
Advocate at Your Facility
As a Task Force, we've met with top administrators at state agencies to advocate for inclusion of music therapy at a wide variety of facilities within the full scope of music therapy practice. We've taken all the information we've gathered and the lessons we've learned along the way, and created informational resources to give you talking points when advocating for music therapy at your facility.