Update on the OCSE Insurance Match Program
This is a historical document. Use for research and reference purposes only.
DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTER
ATTACHMENTS: OCSE Draft Bulletin for States and Insurance Match State Participation Form
DATE: September 15, 2008
TO: ALL STATE AND TRIBAL IV-D DIRECTORS
RE: Update on the OCSE Insurance Match Program
In February 2006, Congress passed the Deficit Reduction Act (DRA) of 2005 amending Section 452 of the Social Security Act to authorize comparisons of information concerning individuals owing past-due child support with information maintained by insurers (or their agents) concerning insurance claims, settlements, awards, and payments.
Since the legislation passed, the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) worked closely with the insurance industry and State Child Support Enforcement (CSE) agencies to implement the Insurance Match and continues to coordinate efforts to increase both State and insurer participation in the program.
The OCSE Insurance Match is an additional service provided to State CSE agencies through the FPLS at no additional cost that will assist in collecting past-due child support. Participation in the match is optional for both State agencies and insurance companies or their agents. Cases submitted by participating States through the Federal Offset Program will be used to identify obligors eligible for the insurance match.
As of August 2008, the following 35 States are participating in the program:
District of Columbia
States receive insurance matches through several transmission methods including the Federal Case Registry (FCR) in the two-part insurance match response record introduced in FCR Release 07-01. The response record layout is contained in the Release Specifications document. If States have not yet programmed their systems to receive data, matched data can be received via secure email, fax, or phone.
All States participating in the OCSE Insurance Match Program have the ability to:
- Set their specific minimum arrears threshold.
- Exclude certain sources of claims data (e.g., matches from their State
Workers’ Compensation (WC) Agency, etc.).
- Exclude individuals on a case-by-case basis using the Insurance Match
Exclusion Indicator introduced in Federal Offset Release 07-01. For
additional information on the exclusion indicator, please see the Release Specifications document.
Outreach to the insurance industry and State CSE agencies is critical to obtain maximum participation in the OCSE Insurance Match Program. OCSE employed a multi-pronged approach to implement the legislation and continues to work with State WC agencies, insurance companies and associations, the U.S. Department of Labor and repositories of claims data (e.g., the Insurance Service Office (ISO)) to obtain agreements to match their claims data with individuals who are delinquent in their child support obligation. On July 30, 2008 the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) issued an e-mail with the attached model Bulletin ("BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS WITH INSURERS TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF CHILDREN") to the insurance commissioners in all States and territories for distribution on their letterhead to all property & casualty and life insurers domiciled in their State. This may be an excellent opportunity for State CSE agencies to reach out to the insurance commissioners and companies in your State to share information about the OCSE Insurance Match Program and potentially secure their commitment to participate in the data exchange.
To date, OCSE contacted WC agencies in all 54 States and territories and currently has agreements in place with the Colorado and Wisconsin WC agencies, Indiana’s WC Board and South Dakota’s Department of Labor - Division of Labor Management. OCSE is actively matching with data from Colorado and Wisconsin. As of August 2008, $22,167 in collections has been voluntarily reported to OCSE. A total of 14,226 new and updated matches have been processed from the Colorado and Wisconsin WC agencies.
OCSE recently entered into an agreement with ISO to match their customers’ claims (as authorized by the insurance company) with a file containing obligors eligible for the match. As a result, OCSE will receive matched data from any insurer that is a member of ISO’s ClaimSearch and authorizes ISO to match their claims data with OCSE’s file of delinquent obligors.
OCSE will notify State CSE agencies as agreements are reached with new insurance matching partners. If your State would like to participate in the OCSE Insurance Match Program, submit the attached State Participation Election Form via email or fax to:
Sherri Grigsby, Manager, Insurance Match Program
Fax: (202) 401-5558
If you have questions, please contact Sherri Grigsby at (202) 401-6114 or Lisa Johnson at (202) 401-5730. Thank you for your continued participation in efforts to improve the lives of our nation’s children.
Office of Child Support Enforcement
cc: Regional Program Managers
State Insurance Match Contacts