California : Family Code: 3750-3753
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Published 5.22.98

3750. "Health insurance coverage" as used in this article includes all of the following:

3751. (a) (1) Support orders issued or modified pursuant to this chapter shall include a provision requiring the child support obligor to keep the agency designated under Title IV-D of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. Sec. 651 et seq.) informed of whether the obligor has health insurance coverage at reasonable cost and, if so, the health insurance policy information. (2) In any case in which an amount is set for current support, the court shall require that health insurance coverage for a supported child shall be maintained by either or both parents if that insurance is available at no cost or at reasonable cost to the parent. Health insurance coverage shall be rebuttably presumed to be reasonable in cost if it is employment-related group health insurance or other group health insurance, regardless of the service delivery mechanism. The actual cost of the health insurance to the obligor shall be considered in determining whether the cost of insurance is reasonable. If the court determines that the cost of health insurance coverage is not reasonable, the court shall state its reasons on the record.

(b) If the court determines that health insurance coverage is not available at no or reasonable cost, the court's order for support shall contain a provision that specifies that health insurance coverage shall be obtained if it becomes available at no or reasonable cost. Upon health insurance coverage at no or reasonable cost becoming available to a parent, the parent shall apply for that coverage.

3751.5. (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, an employer or insurer shall not deny enrollment of a child under the health insurance coverage of a child's parent on any of the following grounds:

(b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, in any case in which a parent is required by a court or administrative order to provide health insurance coverage for a child and the parent is eligible for family health coverage through an employer or an insurer, the employer or insurer shall do all of the following, as applicable:

(c) In any case in which health insurance coverage is provided for a child pursuant to a court or administrative order, the insurer shall do all of the following:

(d) For purposes of this section, "insurer" includes every health care service plan, self-insured welfare benefit plan, including those regulated pursuant to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (29 U.S.C. Sec. 1001, et seq.), self-funded employer plan, disability insurer, nonprofit hospital service plan, labor union trust fund, employer, and any other similar plan, insurer, or entity offering a health coverage plan.

(e) For purposes of this section, "person having custody of the child" is defined as a legal guardian, a caregiver who is authorized to enroll the child in school or to authorize medical care for the child pursuant to Section 6550, or a person with whom the child resides.

(f) For purposes of this section, "employer" has the meaning provided in Section 5210.

3752. (a) If the district attorney has been designated as the assigned payee for child support, the court shall order the parent to notify the district attorney upon applying for and obtaining health insurance coverage for the child within a reasonable period of time.

(b) The district attorney shall obtain a completed medical form from the parent in accordance with Section 11490 of the Welfare and Institutions Code and shall forward the completed form to the State Department of Health Services.

(c) In those cases where the district attorney is providing medical support enforcement services, the district attorney shall provide the parent or person having custody of the child with information pertaining to the health insurance policy that has been secured for the child.

3752.5. A child support order issued or modified pursuant to this division shall include a provision requiring the child support obligor to keep the obligee informed of whether the obligor has health insurance made available through the obligor's employer or has other group health insurance and, if so, the health insurance policy information. The support obligee under a child support order shall inform the support obligor of whether the obligee has health insurance made available through the employer or other group health insurance and, if so, the health insurance policy information. The Judicial Council shall modify the form of the order for health insurance coverage (family law) to notify child support obligors of the requirements of this section and of Section 3752.

3753. The cost of the health insurance shall be in addition to the child support amount ordered under Article 2 (commencing with Section 4050), with allowance for the costs of health insurance actually obtained given due consideration under subdivision (d) of Section 4059.


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