Thank you so much for your advocacy. It paid off!
We have Good News! The cap on the LM licensing fee was maintained. And we achieved two new successes. The:
Birth center facility fee will be increased to $2500 starting 7/1/23 and Home Birth supplies reimbursement will be increased to $500.
These are dramatic percentage increases in both of these codes:
S8415 is the home birth supplies code
59409SU is the BC facility code (specifically for Medicaid)
We are moving in the right direction! Changes start 7/1/23
Here are the details:
(77) $103,000 of the general fund—state appropriation for fiscal
11 year 2024, $205,000 of the general fund—state appropriation for
12 fiscal year 2025, and $442,000 of the general fund—federal
13 appropriation are provided solely to increase birth
14 center facility fee reimbursement to $2,500 and home birth
15 kit reimbursement to $500 for providers approved by the authority
16 within the planned home births and births in birth centers program.
And for the licensing fee cap!
(64) $150,000 of the general fund—state appropriation for fiscal
39 year 2024 and $150,000 of the general fund—state appropriation for
1 fiscal year 2025 are provided solely for the midwifery licensure and
2 regulatory program to supplement revenue from fees. The department
3 shall charge no more than $525 annually for new or renewed licenses
4 for the midwifery program.
MAWS acknowledges that we live and work on the unceded ancestral lands of the Coast Salish tribes and pay our respects to all of the ancestral homelands and traditional territories of Indigenous peoples who have been here since time immemorial. We recognize that this land touches on the shared waters of tribes and bands within the Duwamish, Puyallup, Suquamish, Tulalip and Muckleshoot nations. We recognize we are grateful to be guests in these lands and commit to show solidarity for the continued fight for Indigenous sovereignty.