How To Get Paid as a Family Caregiver in Montana

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Written by Aidaly
June 6, 2023

Summary of Statistics

1.1 million


0.1 million


105 million

Care Hours


Value of Care/hour

$1.76 billion

Value of Care

It’s estimated that more than 118,000 people in Montana provide care to family and loved ones every year without receiving payment, with an estimated labor value of over $1.43 billion

If you‘re providing care to a family member or loved one, Aidaly is here to help you access the support and services you deserve. Check this list to see if you are eligible for compensation.


Tax Benefits

There are a number of federal tax benefits available for caregivers in order to help with expenses. Montana also offers state tax benefits which you can learn more about here.

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

The EITC is a refundable tax credit for those with one or more dependent children, meaning you can still claim a refund even if you don’t have to pay taxes for the year. Montana residents can also claim an additional 3% of the federal EITC as a refundable tax credit.

The Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Tax Credit for Other Dependents (ODC)

The CTC applies to caregivers of children and elderly parents, and provides a partially refundable tax credit of up to $2,000 per child under 16. If you are supporting one or more children over the age of 16, or living with and caring for aging parents, you can apply for a non-refundable ODC tax credit of $500. 

The Child and Dependent Tax Credit 

If you have paid for childcare while looking for work, you may be eligible for a partial refund through the federal Child and Dependent Care tax credit. Montana also offers a Montana Child and Dependent Care Deduction.

Medical and Dental Expenses Tax Deductions

If you spent more than 7.5% of your adjusted gross income (AGI) on medical and dental costs, you may be eligible for a federal tax deduction. Learn more about the details here.

Medicaid and Other State Programs

Medicaid offers a wide range of support for the care of elderly and disabled people. To determine if you are eligible for Medicaid-sponsored support, check your loved one’s Medicaid status here.

Home and Community Based Services Waiver (Big Sky)

Montana’s Big Sky Waiver (BSW) program offers a number of services through the Senior and Long-Term Care Division and the Department of Public Health and Human Services. To qualify for the BSW program, the dependent person must be over 65 or otherwise disabled to the point of requiring nursing home care, and qualify for Medicaid. The BSW program allows for all carers to be paid as a caregiver, regardless of relationship. You can learn more about the BSW program here.

Montana Community First Choice/Personal Assistance Programs

The Montana Community First Choice/Personal Assistance Program (CFC/PAP) aims to allow elderly and disabled adults to live at home with the paid assistance of a friend or family member. Unfortunately this does not include spouses.  

To qualify for CFC/PAP, the person requiring assistance must qualify for Medicaid and have a health condition which limits their ability to perform physically demanding daily activities. You can learn more about CFC/PAP here

Veterans Benefits

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers a number of support services for those who were injured in the line of duty, including support and funding for caregivers in Montana.

VA Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC)

The PCAFC provides support and resources for the caregivers of Veterans who were severely injured in the line of duty. Support can include training, counseling, lodging, travel expenses, and a stipend. To find out more, click here.

Veteran-Directed Care Program (VDCP)

The VDCP provides Veterans with the funding to appoint a caregiver to assist them with daily tasks. This aims to allow veterans to live in their own homes instead of residential care facilities. You can learn more about the VDCP program in Montana here.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Aidaly cost?
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If your loved one has Medicaid, training and support is covered by Aidaly and is at no cost to you or your loved one. Select MA plans cover the cost of Aidaly training and support for their members. Our program allows families to live a healthy and happy life in their own homes.

How much do family caregivers get paid?
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Family caregivers are paid an hourly wage of $15 or more for every hour you provide care. We understand your income provides safety and security to your family and we actively advocate on behalf of family caregivers and offer more competitive pay compared to the industry standard.

What do you provide to family caregivers?
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Aidaly provides training, support, and compensation to alleviate the financial burden of being a family caregiver. We know from personal experience how difficult caregiving can be. Aidaly also provides professional coaching, financial tools, and a peer-led community.

What happens if I don't have Medicaid or an HCBS waiver?
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Navigating insurance coverage can be frustrating and time-consuming. Our care team will help your family apply for Medicaid, switch to a partner Medicare Advantage plan, and check-in on your status so you don't miss out on the benefits you deserve.

Who does Aidaly help?
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Aidaly helps family caregivers get paid to provide care in the home through state and federal programs. We primarily work with Medicaid and Medicare Advantage plan members. If your loved one does not have Medicaid or a Medicare Advantage plan, our team can help you apply for Medicaid or switch to a Medicare Advantage plan.

What areas do you currently serve?
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Aidaly is rapidly expanding across the U.S.! Enter your zip code to see if we offer services in your area.

What will training look like?
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With a blend of virtual and in-person training, our comprehensive, hands-on program will earn you HHA or CNA credentials in 2-3 weeks. After the program, you will be certified to provide in-home care to an adult or child family member.

How will I get paid?
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Link your bank account for direct deposit or get paid via the Aidaly Wallet™ which comes with personalized discounts and perks.

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