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How To Get Paid as a Family Caregiver in Wyoming

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Written by Aidaly
June 6, 2023

Summary of Statistics

0.6 million

Population

0.1 million

Caregivers

54 million

Care Hours

$16.77

Value of Care/hour

$0.91 billion

Value of Care

Many Wyoming residents voluntarily assume a caregiving role for their loved ones, whether children, an elderly relative, or someone with a disability. While family caregiving is a rewarding role, it can consume a considerable amount of the caregiver’s time and finances.

According to AARP, based on the average income of $15.90 per hour, family caregivers in Wyoming provide an estimated $980 million worth of unpaid work annually. Aidaly hopes to change this, ensuring family caregivers receive the financial support they deserve. Below we outline the various ways a family caregiver in Wyoming may receive compensation for their role. 

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Tax Benefits in Wyoming

As a family caregiver, you may be entitled to certain tax benefits to help offset the costs of providing care services to a loved one. 

The Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC) 

Under the American Rescue Plan, a recently expanded Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit allows Wyoming families to claim a fully refundable tax deduction (meaning you can still receive a payment even if you owe no taxes) for childcare expenses incurred while working, looking for work, or studying. 

In 2021, Wyoming families with incomes under $125,000 annually could receive a tax credit of up to $4,000 for one child and $8,000 for two or more children. Families with incomes over this threshold were still able to receive partial payments. Find out more here

The Child Tax Credit (CTC)

The Child Tax Credit is a tax credit available to parents based on the age of their children and the parent’s annual income. Families with incomes under specified thresholds can receive up to $3,600 annually for each child under the age of 6, and up to $3,000 for each child between the ages of 6 and 17. As with the CDCTC, parents with incomes over the relevant threshold may still receive a partial payment. Find out more about the CTC here.  

Medicaid and Other State Programs

Wyoming also provides support to family caregivers financially through Medicaid waivers and the Wyoming Caregiver Support Program. 

Medicaid Waivers

If your loved one is on a Medicaid plan, three Medicaid waivers in Wyoming may allow you to receive funds through the beneficiary’s Medicaid plan rather than these funds going to an institution. 

Relevant waivers in Wyoming include a Section 1915(b) Freedom of Choice Waiver, Section 1915(c) Home and Community Based Services Waiver, and Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver. Enquiring about self-directed funds with the beneficiary’s Medicaid provider is the best way to learn which waivers may apply in your circumstance. Find out more here

Wyoming Department of Health 

The Wyoming Caregiver Support Program, run by the Wyoming Department of Health, provides more holistic support through respite services, which offer temporary relief from caregiving responsibilities to adults who care for a loved one over 60 years of age or with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. Find out more about the caregiver support program here

Veterans Benefits in Wyoming 

Wyoming also has certain programs and benefits that can enable Veterans (or their surviving spouses) to compensate family caregivers.

Veteran-Directed Care Program  

The Veteran-Directed Care Program aims to lower the institutionalization of veterans, enabling them to continue living in their homes and communities rather than nursing homes. Eligible Veterans can hire and pay their own caregivers, including family members. Unfortunately, spouses are unable to be paid as caregivers under this program as their income is considered in determining the veteran’s eligibility. Find out more here

Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC)

The PCAFC provides support to family caregivers caring for eligible Veterans who sustained serious injury or illness in the line of duty. Veterans can designate a primary family caregiver who can then receive a range of benefits including a monthly payment, health care insurance, counseling, and reimbursement for traveling to the Veteran’s appointments. Secondary caregivers can receive the last two of these benefits. Find out more about the program here

Veterans Benefits

Wyoming Veterans may also be eligible for either the Veteran Aid and Attendance Benefit, or the Housebound Benefit, on top of their standard VA allowances.  

The Veteran Aid and Attendance Benefit helps Veterans who require a caregiver’s assistance to safely complete daily activities to pay for caregiving services. A single Veteran may receive up to $2,050 per month, while a married Veteran can receive $2,431 per month. The Housebound Benefit provides a higher monthly allowance for Veterans who are confined to spending the majority of their time in their home due to a permanent disability. Learn more about this benefit here

Finding out how to get paid as a family caregiver can be confusing and time consuming. Thankfully, you don’t have to do this alone. Sign up for Aidaly today so we can support you through the process of getting financial assistance for your caregiving role.

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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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