Health Care

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Federal law requires every child support order to include medical support. Medical support can be:

  • Private health insurance from an employer or the health insurance marketplace,
  • Public health care coverage from Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or
  • Payment towards health care costs.

Medical Support

Either the custodial or noncustodial parent may be ordered to:

  • provide health insurance if available through his or her employer,
  • pay for health insurance premiums or reimburse the custodial parent for all or a portion of the costs of health insurance obtained by the custodial parent,
  • pay additional amounts to cover a portion of ongoing medical bills or as reimbursement for uninsured medical costs,
  • provide a combination of the above options.

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The Health Insurance Marketplace

If you don’t have health insurance through a job, Medicare, Medicaid, or CHIP, the Marketplace can help you get covered.

The Healthcare.gov customer service center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-318-2596 (TTY 1-855-889-4325). Trained representatives provide customer service in 150 languages.

Enroll on Healthcare.gov through a four-step process:

  1. Create an account
  2. Apply
  3. Pick a plan
  4. Enroll

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Medicaid & CHIP

There’s no limited enrollment period for Medicaid or CHIP. You can apply any time.

Medicaid and CHIP provide free or low-cost health coverage, including some low-income individuals, families and children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with disabilities.

Some states have expanded their Medicaid programs to cover all people below certain income levels.

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