In July of 2014 the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a change in the way it would interpret legal language for what constitutes medically-necessary treatments. This change included defining autism as medically necessary under Medicaid insurance programs.<!- mfunc feat_school ->
This means that Wyoming residents covered by Medicaid have expanded access to autism treatments provided by Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA®s).
To comply with federal demands for state Medicaid participation, in March of 2016 the Wyoming Department of Health announced it would provide insurance coverage through Medicaid for those with a primary autism spectrum disorder diagnosis. This means Wyoming residents enrolled in Medicaid will have access to the following beginning on January 1 2017:
- Insurance reimbursement for applied behavior analyst therapy provided by BCBA®s who accept Medicaid
- Insurance reimbursement for autism rehabilitative services at a rate of 20 visits per year, unless additional services are medically necessary
Expanded insurance coverage for autism services has helped to drive BCBA® salaries forward. Experienced board-certified behavior analysts (BCBA®s) in Wyoming can earn salaries as high as $113,630 a year, according to 2021 statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
Salaries for Experienced BCBA®s in Wyoming
The range of salaries for board-certified behavior analysts with ten years of experience in the field are shown below (median to top 10% – current as of May, 2021):
- 50th: $113,630
- 75th: $129,790
- 90th: $169,620
Starting Salaries for Behavior Analysts in Wyoming
The most highly paid BCBA®s in Wyoming who lack job experience in the field of behavior analysis can command salaries that exceed the median salary among highly experienced BCBA®s in the state. Salary data shown below for entry-level ABAs is current as of May 2021 (10th percentile to median):
- 10th: $26,230
- 25th: $39,630
- 50th: $113,630
2021 US Bureau of Labor Statistics salary and employment figures for Psychologists, All Other reflect national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary. Data accessed January 2023.