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Child Support and the Insurance Match Program

Information for Families

Published: February 2, 2015

The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 gave OCSE authority, through the Federal Parent Locator Service, to compare information on individuals owing past-due child support with information maintained by insurers (or their agents) concerning any insurance claims, settlements, awards, and payments.

OCSE collaborated with the insurance industry and state child support agencies to conduct the federal insurance match program that helps states collect child support.  OCSE conducts the match and provides the matches to the state agencies responsible for collecting child support from those delinquent obligors.

Who is required to participate in the program?

This is a voluntary program for state child support agencies, the insurance industry (including insurers and their agents), state workers’ compensation agencies, and the U.S. Department of Labor.

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

These types of claims are subject to insurance match:

  • Annuity
  • Disability
  • Dividend Withdrawals
  • Life Insurance
  • Mutual Fund
  • Policy Surrender
  • Property and Casualty
    •  Auto bodily injury liability
    •  Directors and officers liability
    •  Errors and omissions liability
    •  General liability
    •  Workers’ compensation
  • Unemployment

How does the insurance match program work?

States submit cases that meet the insurance match criteria through the OCSE debtor file. OCSE compares this past-due case information from states with claims information received from insurance providers. Then OCSE sends the matches to the state child support agencies responsible for collecting payments from those delinquent obligors. Each state processes the matches according to its own laws and policy.

Last Reviewed: July 7, 2016

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