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Health Insurance Order


Term Definition Health Insurance Order - a court order that requires a noncustodial parent to obtain health and dental insurance for the children.
Application in Divorce Divorcing couples negotiate health and dental insurance for dependent children as part of their separation agreement. They frequently negotiate a qualified medical support order, which provides continued and uninterrupted medical insurance coverage of the child of the insured parent as a part of the final decree in a divorce.

In some cases, this qualified order, known as a QMCSO, can be part of COBRA coverage that also protects the former wife. A nonemployee spouse in a terminated marriage is entitled to COBRA coverage at his or her own cost for up to thirty-six months.

See also COBRA;QMCSO.

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