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Insurance Match for Self-Insured Employers

Published: February 4, 2015

Partnership with Employer Community Results in Child Support Program Success

Fact:  The partnership between employers and the child support community ensures millions of families consistently receive child support.  Every day, employers submit information about newly hired employees, implement income withholding orders, and enroll children in health insurance plans.  In federal fiscal year 2013, employers withheld more than 74 percent of the child support collected and reported 53.5 million new hires.

Additional Opportunity for Employers to Help Families Receive Support:  Insurance Match Program

The federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) encourages employers that are self-funded or self-insured for workers' compensation to participate in our insurance match program.  In 2006, Congress passed legislation that authorizes OCSE to compare information concerning noncustodial parents owing past-due support with information maintained by insurers (or their agents) concerning insurance claims, settlements, awards, and payments.  The legislation also includes a non-liability provision for insurers participating in the data match with OCSE.  OCSE sends information resulting from the data matches to the state child support agencies responsible for collecting child support.  As of February 2015, the combined reported collections from half the states and territories participating in the insurance match program was over $36 million.

How May Self-Insured Employers Participate in OCSE's Insurance Match Program?

There are several options available to participate in the insurance match program including:

  1. Insurance Services Office's (ISO) Users of ClaimSearch database
    • Notify ISO that your company would like to participate in the OCSE insurance match program
    • ISO will match your company's claims to the file of delinquent obligors provided by OCSE
    • ISO returns the matches to OCSE to send to the state child support agency responsible for collecting child support
  2. Claims Submitter – You send all workers' compensation claims to OCSE to compare with noncustodial parents who owe past-due support and OCSE returns matches to the state child support agency responsible for collecting child support.
  3. Debt Inquiry Service (DIS) – You submit to the DIS (a web service application) information about individuals who are eligible to receive a lump sum or other type of payout.

For more information about OCSE's insurance match program, please email insurancematch@acf.hhs.gov.

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