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8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This bill defines the term "cash medical support" as an obligation to equally share all
11 reasonable and necessary medical and dental expenses of children and requires the court
12 and the Office of Recovery Services to provide cash medical support provisions in child
13 support orders.
14 Highlighted Provisions:
15 This bill:
16 . requires the court to include a cash medical support provision in its child support
17 orders; and
18 . requires the Office of Recovery Services to include a provision assigning
19 responsibility for cash medical support in its orders.
20 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
22 Other Special Clauses:
24 Utah Code Sections Affected:
26 62A-11-103, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2000, Chapter 161
27 62A-11-326, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1990, Chapter 166
28 78B-12-102, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 3
29 78B-12-212, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 3
31 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
32 Section 1. Section 62A-11-103 is amended to read:
33 62A-11-103. Definitions.
34 As used in this part:
35 (1) "Account" means a demand deposit account, checking or negotiable withdrawal
36 order account, savings account, time deposit account, or money-market mutual fund account.
37 (2) "Cash medical support" means an obligation to equally share all reasonable and
38 necessary medical and dental expenses of children.
40 provided pursuant to Part D of Title IV of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. Sec. 651, et seq.
43 remaining after the deduction of all amounts required by law to be withheld.
45 (a) a depository institution as defined in Section 7-1-103 or the Federal Deposit
46 Insurance Act, 12 U.S.C. Sec. 1813(c);
47 (b) an institution-affiliated party as defined in the Federal Deposit Insurance Act, 12
48 U.S.C. Sec. 1813(u);
49 (c) any federal credit union or state credit union as defined in the Federal Credit Union
50 Act, 12 U.S.C. Sec. 1752, including an institution-affiliated party of such a credit union as
51 defined in 12 U.S.C. Sec. 1786(r);
52 (d) a broker-dealer as defined in Section 61-1-13 ; or
53 (e) any benefit association, insurance company, safe deposit company, money-market
54 mutual fund, or similar entity authorized to do business in the state.
56 U.S.C. Sec. 3401.
58 individual, regardless of source, whether denominated as wages, salary, commission, bonus,
59 pay, or contract payment, or denominated as advances on future wages, salary, commission,
60 bonus, pay, allowances, contract payment, or otherwise, including severance pay, sick pay, and
61 incentive pay. "Income" includes:
62 (a) all gain derived from capital assets, labor, or both, including profit gained through
63 sale or conversion of capital assets;
64 (b) interest and dividends;
65 (c) periodic payments made under pension or retirement programs or insurance policies
66 of any type;
67 (d) unemployment compensation benefits;
68 (e) workers' compensation benefits; and
69 (f) disability benefits.
71 651 et seq.
73 Section 35A-7-103 .
75 jurisdiction to whom a debt is owed or who is entitled to reimbursement of child support or
76 public assistance.
78 owing money to this state, to an individual, to another state, or other comparable jurisdiction in
79 whose behalf this state is acting.
82 public assistance program for goods or services provided to a public assistance recipient.
84 (a) services or benefits provided under Title 35A, Chapter 3, Employment Support Act;
85 (b) medical assistance provided under Title 26, Chapter 18, Medical Assistance Act;
86 (c) foster care maintenance payments under Part E of Title IV of the Social Security
87 Act, 42 U.S.C. Sec. 670, et seq.;
88 (d) food stamps; or
89 (e) any other public funds expended for the benefit of a person in need of financial,
90 medical, food, housing, or related assistance.
92 by the office and the central, automated district court record system maintained by the
93 Administrative Office of the Courts, that contains records which use standardized data
94 elements, such as names, social security numbers and other uniform identification numbers,
95 dates of birth, and case identification numbers, with respect to:
96 (a) each case in which services are being provided by the office under the state IV-D
97 child support services plan; and
98 (b) each support order established or modified in the state on or after October 1, 1998.
99 Section 2. Section 62A-11-326 is amended to read:
100 62A-11-326. Medical and dental expenses of dependent children.
101 In any action under this part, the office and the department in their orders:
102 (1) shall include a provision assigning responsibility for [
105 (2) [
106 appropriate medical, hospital, and dental care insurance for those children, if:
107 (a) insurance coverage is or becomes available at a reasonable cost[
108 (b) the insurance coverage is accessible to the children.
109 Section 3. Section 78B-12-102 is amended to read:
110 78B-12-102. Definitions.
111 As used in this chapter:
112 (1) "Adjusted gross income" means income calculated under Subsection
113 78B-12-204 (1).
114 (2) "Administrative agency" means the Office of Recovery Services or the Department
115 of Human Services.
116 (3) "Administrative order" means an order that has been issued by the Office of
117 Recovery Services, the Department of Human Services, or an administrative agency of another
118 state or other comparable jurisdiction with similar authority to that of the office.
119 (4) "Base child support award" means the award that may be ordered and is calculated
120 using the guidelines before additions for medical expenses and work-related child care costs.
121 (5) "Base combined child support obligation table," "child support table," "base child
122 support obligation table," "low income table," or "table" means the appropriate table in Part 3,
124 (6) "Cash medical support" means an obligation to equally share all reasonable and
125 necessary medical and dental expenses of children.
127 (a) a son or daughter under the age of 18 years who is not otherwise emancipated,
128 self-supporting, married, or a member of the armed forces of the United States;
129 (b) a son or daughter over the age of 18 years, while enrolled in high school during the
130 normal and expected year of graduation and not otherwise emancipated, self-supporting,
131 married, or a member of the armed forces of the United States; or
132 (c) a son or daughter of any age who is incapacitated from earning a living and, if able
133 to provide some financial resources to the family, is not able to support self by own means.
135 award for uninsured medical expenses, ordered by a tribunal for the support of a child,
136 including current periodic payments, all arrearages which accrue under an order for current
137 periodic payments, and sum certain judgments awarded for arrearages, medical expenses, and
138 child care costs.
140 a tribunal whether interlocutory or final, whether or not prospectively or retroactively
141 modifiable, whether incidental to a proceeding for divorce, judicial or legal separation, separate
142 maintenance, paternity, guardianship, civil protection, or otherwise which:
143 (a) establishes or modifies child support;
144 (b) reduces child support arrearages to judgment; or
145 (c) establishes child support or registers a child support order under [
146 Chapter 14, Uniform Interstate Family Support Act.
148 provided pursuant to Part D of Title IV of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. Section 651 et
152 child support in Part 2, Calculation and Adjustment.
154 individual, regardless of source, whether denominated as wages, salary, commission, bonus,
155 pay, allowances, contract payment, or otherwise, including severance pay, sick pay, and
156 incentive pay. "Income" includes:
157 (a) all gain derived from capital assets, labor, or both, including profit gained through
158 sale or conversion of capital assets;
159 (b) interest and dividends;
160 (c) periodic payments made under pension or retirement programs or insurance policies
161 of any type;
162 (d) unemployment compensation benefits;
163 (e) workers' compensation benefits; and
164 (f) disability benefits.
166 for more than 30% of the year, and both parents contribute to the expenses of the child in
167 addition to paying child support.
171 comparable jurisdiction to whom child support is owed or who is entitled to reimbursement of
172 child support or public assistance.
175 Human Services.
178 of the children.
180 District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Native American Tribe, or other
181 comparable domestic or foreign jurisdiction.
183 months in duration.
185 adoptive parent or a child who provides care, maintenance, and support to a child.
187 Office of Recovery Services, or court or administrative agency of any state, territory,
188 possession of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico,
189 Native American Tribe, or other comparable domestic or foreign jurisdiction.
191 a full-time work week or training schedule as necessitated by the employment or training of a
192 parent under Section 78B-12-215 .
194 support award.
195 Section 4. Section 78B-12-212 is amended to read:
196 78B-12-212. Medical expenses.
197 (1) The court shall order that insurance for the medical expenses of the minor children
198 be provided by a parent if it is available at a reasonable cost.
199 (2) In determining which parent shall be ordered to maintain insurance for medical
200 expenses, the court or administrative agency may consider the:
201 (a) reasonableness of the cost;
202 (b) availability of a group insurance policy;
203 (c) coverage of the policy; and
204 (d) preference of the custodial parent.
205 (3) The order shall require each parent to share equally the out-of-pocket costs of the
206 premium actually paid by a parent for the children's portion of insurance.
207 (4) The parent who provides the insurance coverage may receive credit against the base
208 child support award or recover the other parent's share of the children's portion of the premium.
209 In cases in which the parent does not have insurance but another member of the parent's
210 household provides insurance coverage for the children, the parent may receive credit against
211 the base child support award or recover the other parent's share of the children's portion of the
213 (5) The children's portion of the premium is a per capita share of the premium actually
214 paid. The premium expense for the children shall be calculated by dividing the premium
215 amount by the number of persons covered under the policy and multiplying the result by the
216 number of children in the instant case.
217 (6) The order shall [
218 each parent to [
219 medical and dental expenses incurred for the dependent children, including but not limited to
220 deductibles and copayments.
221 (7) The parent ordered to maintain insurance shall provide verification of coverage to
222 the other parent, or to the Office of Recovery Services under Title IV of the Social Security
223 Act, 42 U.S.C. Section 601 et seq., upon initial enrollment of the dependent children, and
224 thereafter on or before January 2 of each calendar year. The parent shall notify the other
225 parent, or the Office of Recovery Services under Title IV of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C.
226 Section 601 et seq., of any change of insurance carrier, premium, or benefits within 30 calendar
227 days of the date the parent first knew or should have known of the change.
228 (8) A parent who incurs medical expenses shall provide written verification of the cost
229 and payment of medical expenses to the other parent within 30 days of payment.
230 (9) In addition to any other sanctions provided by the court, a parent incurring medical
231 expenses may be denied the right to receive credit for the expenses or to recover the other
232 parent's share of the expenses if that parent fails to comply with Subsections (7) and (8).
Legislative Review Note
as of 2-2-09 6:31 AM