What is medical support?

Medical support is extra support, in addition to child support, which a parent is ordered to pay to cover the cost of health insurance and uninsured medical expenses for a child.

A parent can be ordered to pay medical in the form of:

providing health insurance for the child, or

reimbursing the other parent for the cost of health insurance coverage ("cash medical support"), or

paying cash medical support when the child receives Medicaid.

Usually, the parent ordered to pay child support is the parent who will be ordered to pay for health insurance for the child or pay cash medical support. 

The parent ordered to pay medical support is only required to pay the “reasonable cost” of providing health insurance coverage for the child, which is defined as health insurance that does not exceed 9% of their annual resources.

Starting September 1, 2018, a court must also order dental support in addition to medical support for the child. 

A child’s uninsured, or out-of-pocket, medical and dental expenses is usually ordered to be paid 50/50 between the parents.