ABA therapy can be quite expensive. This is because the administration of ABA therapy is intensive, highly individualized, and requires staff who has received specialized education and training. Additionally, ABA therapy requires rapidly changing materials and supplies. The good news is that most people won’t have to end up paying out-of-pocket for the full cost of ABA services. When there is a medical necessity, most health insurance plans will cover at least a portion of the cost. Therefore, it is best for families or individuals to reach out to their health insurance providers for more information on the cost of ABA services.
With more legislation being passed statewide and nationally, mandatory coverage of ABA services is expanding. This is the case with private insurance and includes Medicaid, Medi-Cal, and Medicare entities. It is becoming easier for families and individuals to get access to ABA benefits. Flexible Saving Accounts and Health Spending Accounts can also be utilized to pay for or defer some of the cost of ABA services.
It is best to communicate with your health insurance provider and/or ABA providers in your area to get specific details on the cost of ABA services. There are a lot of variables such as geographic location and the specifics of your health insurance plan which may factor into the cost of ABA services. If you are curious about private pay rates, we recommend doing a search of providers by zip code on the BACB’s website and reaching out directly to a provider in your area. You can ask them for what is typically referred to in the industry as the “private pay rate”.
We hope you found this post about the cost of ABA therapy helpful! Although many details factor into the cost of ABA therapy, we recommend you reach out to your health insurance provider or your local ABA providers to get the most accurate information for your specific needs.