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Insurance Match for Self-Insured Employers

Published: April 1, 2012
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Employers, Other Private Partners, Insurance Companies
Federal Systems, Insurance Match

Partnership with Employer Community Results in Child Support Program Success

It's a 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 2010 employers withheld more than 67% of the child support collected and reported 47 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 October 2011, 24 of the 53 states and territories participating in OCSE's insurance match program reported nearly $8 million in child support collections.

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

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

  • Claims reported to the Insurance Services Office's (ISO) ClaimSearch Database
    1. Notify ISO that your company would like to participate in the OCSE insurance match program
    2. ISO will match your company's claims to the file of delinquent obligors provided by OCSE
    3. ISO returns the matches to OCSE to send to the state child support agency responsible for collecting child support
  • Matching Partner — OCSE will send a file containing information about noncustodial parents who owe past-due support to compare with your workers' compensation claims and return matches to OCSE for distribution to the state child support agency responsible for collecting the child support.
  • Claims Submitter — Send all workers' compensation claims to OCSE to compare with noncustodial parents who owe past-due support and return matches to the state child support agency responsible for collecting child support.

Want More Information?

Email insurancematch@acf.hhs.gov to obtain additional information about OCSE's insurance match program.