Medical insurance coverage is crucial so children receive the medical care they need to prevent health problems, care for illnesses, and treat injuries. Providing medical insurance is an important part of supporting children.
Child support orders can order medical support
Child Support orders can require a parent to provide medical insurance coverage for his or her children, if it is available through an employer at a reasonable cost.
When Child Support Services help parents get a child support order, the order always includes a requirement to provide medical support. If you already have a child support order that does not require a parent to provide medical insurance coverage, you can ask Child Support Services to help you through the process to change the child support order and have this requirement added.
Child Support Services partners with employers to provide medical coverage for children
When a parent is ordered to provide medical insurance coverage, and it is available through his or her employer at a reasonable cost based on a parent’s wages, Child Support Services partners with employers to enroll children in the insurance policy.
Premiums are deducted from the non-custodial parent’s income.
About the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
If group medical insurance coverage is not available to you or the other parent through an employer, and you are unable to afford private medical insurance coverage, you may be able to enroll your children in the Children’s Health Insurance Program, also called CHIP.