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Child Support and the Insurance Match Program

Information for Families

Published: July 27, 2016

The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 authorizes us, through our Federal Parent Locator Service, to compare information about parents who owe past-due child support with information maintained by insurers (or their agents) concerning insurance claims, settlements, awards, and payments.

Through our insurance match (IM) program, we partner with insurance companies, state workers’ compensation agencies, and the U.S. Department of Labor to help states collect past-due support from parents who may be eligible for lump sum or other payouts.

Who is required to participate in the program?

Participation in our insurance match program is voluntary.  All state child support agencies, the U.S. Department of Labor, and nearly 1,000 insurers and state workers’ compensation agencies currently participate.

What types of claims or settlements are subject to the program?

Claims and settlements include the following:

  • Annuity
  • Automobile
  • Automobile – No fault
  • Automobile – Medical
  • Disability
  • Dividend Withdrawals
  • General Liability
  • Homeowner’s Liability
  • Life Insurance
  • Medical Premise – Owner’s policy 
  • Mutual Fund
  • Personal Injury
  • Policy Surrender
  • Product Liability
  • Property Damage
  • Property Liability
  • Slip, trip, and fall
  • Unemployment
  • Workers’ Compensation

How does our insurance match program work?

  1. State child support agencies submit information to OCSE about parents who owe past-due support.
  2. We compare information about those parents who meet the IM program criteria with insurance claims, payments, settlements, and awards.
  3. We send matches to the state child support agencies responsible for collecting the past-due support.
  4. State child support agencies that choose to act on the match send a request to the insurer to withhold the payment, based on its laws and policies.
Last Reviewed: July 27, 2016

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