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Title XXX DOMESTIC RELATIONS

Chapter 454

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  454.618.  Enrolling of child as eligible dependent in health benefit plan, withholding of contributions — provision of information and authorization — denial or restriction of coverage, prohibited, when. — 1.  Upon receipt of the court or administrative order, or notice, for health benefit plan coverage, or upon application of the obligor pursuant to that order, the employer or union shall take necessary action to enroll the minor child as an eligible dependent in the health benefit plan and, upon enrollment, withhold any required employee contribution or premium from the obligor's income or wages necessary for the coverage of the child and send any amount withheld directly to the health benefit plan administrator.  If more than one health benefit plan is offered by the employer or union, the minor child shall be enrolled in the plan in which the obligor is enrolled.  When one or more plans are available and the obligor is not enrolled in a plan that covers dependents or is not enrolled in any plan, the minor child and the obligor if necessary shall be enrolled under the least costly plan that provides service to the area where the child resides if the order or notice for health benefit plan coverage is not a National Medical Support Notice issued by the division or IV-D agency of another state.  If the notice for health benefit plan coverage is a National Medical Support Notice issued by the division or IV-D agency of another state, the health benefit plan administrator shall provide to the issuing agency copies of the applicable summary plan descriptions or other documents that describe available coverage, including the additional participant contribution necessary to obtain coverage for the child under each option and whether there is a limited service area for any option.  The issuing agency, in consultation with the custodial parent, must promptly select from the available plan options.  If the issuing agency does not make such selection within twenty business days from the date the plan administrator provided the option, the plan administrator shall enroll the child in the plan's default option, if any.  If the plan does not have a default option, the plan administrator shall enroll the child in the option selected by the issuing agency.

  2.  In those instances where the obligor fails or refuses to execute any document necessary to enroll the minor child in the health benefit plan ordered by the court, the required information and authorization may be provided by the division or the custodial parent or guardian of the minor child.

  3.  Information and authorization provided by the division or the custodial parent or guardian of the minor child shall be valid for the purpose of meeting enrollment requirements of the health benefit plan and shall not affect the obligation of the employer or union and the insurer to enroll the minor child in the health benefit plan for which other eligibility, enrollment, underwriting terms and other requirements are met.  However, any health benefit plan provision which denies or restricts coverage to a minor child of the obligor due to birth out of wedlock shall be void as against public policy.

  4.  A minor child that an obligor is required to cover as an eligible dependent pursuant to sections 454.600 to 454.645 shall be considered for health benefit plan coverage purposes as a dependent of the obligor until the child's right to parental support terminates or until further order of the court, but in no event past the limiting age set forth in the health benefit plan.

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(L. 1993 S.B. 253 § 9, A.L. 1994 H.B. 1491 & 1134, A.L. 2002 S.B. 923, et al.)


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