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Lake County, Ohio - Job and Family Services

Medical Support

    Medical Support

    The Department of Child Support Enforcement is responsible for establishing and enforcing health insurance orders for child support cases when coverage is available at a reasonable cost or expected to become available.

    The employer will receive a National Medical Support Notice (NMSN) which requires the employee to obtain health insurance for the child (ren). The employer must enroll the child (ren) and deduct any premiums from the employee's income/wages. This notice may be subsequent to or in conjunction with an order to withhold wages/income for child support. The employer must also contact the Child Support Enforcement Division when employment terminates and/or the medical insurance ends or is no longer available.

    The dependent (s) must be enrolled in the insurance plan without regard to seasonal restrictions (i.e. Open Enrollment). The dependant (s) may not be denied coverage on the grounds that the parents were not married, that the dependant is not claimed as a dependant on the employee's federal income tax return, or that the dependant does not reside with the employee or in the insurer's service area.