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When does the division of child support enforce a custodial parent's obligation to provide medical support?

(1) A noncustodial parent (NCP) may file an application for full child support enforcement services and specifically request that the division of child support (DCS) enforce the medical support obligation of the custodial parent (CP). WAC 388-14A-4111 describes when DCS may accept or decline a request to enforce a medical support obligation.
(2) DCS does not enforce the CP's medical support obligation unless the NCP files an application for nonassistance support enforcement services under WAC 388-14A-2000 (2)(c). The NCP must specify whether he or she is requesting that DCS enforce the CP's obligation to provide:
(a) The CP's proportionate share of uninsured medical expenses;
(b) Health insurance coverage (including the possibility of a monthly payment toward the premium paid by the NCP for coverage of the children when appropriate); or
(c) Both.
(3) A medical support obligation includes providing health insurance coverage or contributing a monthly payment toward the premium paid for coverage when appropriate, and paying a proportionate share of any uninsured medical expenses for the children.
(a) DCS may enforce the CP's obligation to pay a proportionate share of any uninsured medical expenses for the children under WAC 388-14A-3312.
(b) DCS may decide whether it is appropriate to enforce the CP's obligation to provide health insurance coverage or contribute a monthly payment toward the premium paid for coverage under subsection (4) of this section.
(4) DCS does not enforce a custodial parent's obligation to provide health insurance coverage or pay a monthly payment toward the premium paid for coverage when:
(a) The support order does not include a medical support obligation which includes providing health insurance or paying monthly payment toward the premium paid for coverage for the CP.
(b) The NCP is already providing health insurance coverage for the children covered by the order.
(c) The amount that the CP would have to pay for the premium for health insurance exceeds the NCP's monthly support obligation for the children.
(d) The children are covered by health insurance provided by someone else.
(e) The children are receiving medicaid.
(f) The children are receiving TANF.
(g) The CP does not reside in Washington state.
(h) The CP is a tribal member living on or near the reservation.
(i) The CP is receiving child support enforcement services through a tribal IV-D program.
(5) DCS does not enforce a CP's obligation to pay a proportionate share of medical expenses incurred by an NCP when:
(a) The support order does not include an obligation for the CP to pay a proportionate share of uninsured medical expenses; or
(b) The NCP is already providing health insurance coverage for the children covered by the order.
(6) If none of the conditions under subsection (4) exist, DCS may enforce the CP's obligation to provide health insurance coverage when the CP has health insurance available at a reasonable cost through the CP's employer or union.
(7) A "reasonable cost" for health insurance coverage is defined as twenty-five percent of the basic support obligation for the children covered by the order, unless the support order provides a different limitation.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 26.09.105(17), 26.18.170(19), 26.23.050(8), 26.23.110(14), 34.05.020, 34.05.060, 34.05.220, 74.08.090, 74.20.040, 74.20A.055(9), and 74.20A.056(11). WSR 11-12-006, § 388-14A-4112, filed 5/19/11, effective 6/19/11. Statutory Authority: 2007 c 143, §§ 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, and 9. WSR 08-12-029, § 388-14A-4112, filed 5/29/08, effective 7/1/08.]
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