Or. Admin. R. 137-050-0750 - Medical Support

Current through Register Vol. 61, No. 4, April 1, 2022

(1) The basic support obligation (OAR 137-050-0725) includes ordinary unreimbursed medical costs of $250 per child per year. These costs represent everyday expenses such as bandages, non-prescription medication, and co-pays for doctor's well visits. The basic support obligation does not account for health care coverage costs or for extraordinary medical expenses.
(2) "Cash medical support", as used in OAR 137-050-0700 through 137-050-0765, has the meaning given in ORS 25.321(1).
(3) For purposes of this rule, "to provide" health care coverage means to apply to enroll the child and pay any costs associated with the enrollment, even if the cost to the parent is zero.
(4) For purposes of ORS 25.323, private health care coverage may be "available" to a parent from any source, including but not limited to an employer, spouse, or domestic partner.
(5) Private health care coverage is reasonable in cost if it costs no more than the total of four percent of each parent's adjusted income as determined in OAR 137-050-0720.
(a) The amount calculated for each parent in this section may not exceed that parent's available income after deducting the parent's shares of basic support obligation and child care costs.
(b) The reasonable cost contribution of a parent whose income is at or below the highest Oregon minimum wage for full-time employment is zero.
(6) A parent with income at or below the highest Oregon minimum wage for full-time employment may be ordered to provide health care coverage only if it is available at no cost.
(7) Compelling factors may support a finding that health care coverage is reasonable in cost at an amount greater than the amount determined in section 5 of this rule so long as the providing parent has income greater than full-time employment at the highest Oregon minimum wage.
(8) In determining the cost of private health care coverage, consider only the cost to the parents of covering the children for whom support is sought. To calculate the amount to be considered:
(a) If there is a known cost for self-only coverage for the providing parent, deduct that cost from the cost of family coverage. Divide the remainder by the total number of people covered, excluding the providing parent. Multiply the result by the number of children for whom coverage is sought in the present calculation.
(b) If there is no self-only coverage option or the cost cannot be determined, divide the total cost of coverage by total number of people covered, including the providing parent. Multiply the result by the number of children for whom coverage is sought in the present calculation.
(9) If only one parent has private health care coverage that is appropriate and available under ORS 25.323, that parent must be ordered to provide it.
(10) If both parents have access to appropriate, available private health care coverage, the parent with the greater share of parenting time as determined in OAR 137-050-0730 (Parenting Time Credit) may select which coverage will be ordered.
(a) If the parent with the greater share of parenting time does not select between the parents' coverage, or each parent has exactly 50% or 182.5 overnights of parenting time and the parents do not agree on which policy should be ordered, the policy with the lower out-of-pocket premium cost will be ordered unless the court, administrator, or administrative law judge makes a finding that the more expensive policy should be ordered.
(b) The parents may agree that both parents will be ordered to provide private coverage if both parents have appropriate coverage available so long as the total coverage to be provided is reasonable in cost under sections 5 or 7 of this rule.
(11) If the child lives with a caretaker, both parents are parties to the action, and both parents have appropriate and available private health care coverage, the caretaker may select which coverage will be ordered. If the caretaker does not select between the parents' coverage, the policy with the lower out-of-pocket premium cost will be ordered unless the court, administrator, or administrative law judge makes a finding that the more expensive policy should be ordered.
(12) If neither parent has access to appropriate, available private health care coverage:
(a) One or both parents must be ordered to provide appropriate private health care coverage at any time whenever it becomes available;
(b) The parent with custody of the child may be ordered to provide public health care coverage for the child; and
(c) Either or both parents who are found to have a cash child support obligation as provided in OAR 137-050-0710(1)(i) must be ordered to pay cash medical support, or the order must include a finding explaining why cash medical support is not ordered. The amount of the cash medical support obligation is the lesser of:
(A) four percent of the parent's adjusted income as determined in OAR 137-050-0720,
(B) the parent's available income after deducting the parent's shares of basic support obligation and child care costs, or
(C) zero, if the parent's income is at or below the highest Oregon minimum wage for full-time employment.
(13) A medical support clause may order an obligor to provide appropriate private health care coverage whenever it is available to the obligor, and to pay cash medical support whenever the obligor does not provide appropriate private health care coverage.
(14) Determine each parent's share of the cost of health care coverage to be ordered under this rule by multiplying the total cost by each parent's percentage share of the parents' combined reasonable in cost limitation, as determined in section 5 of this rule.
(a) If only one parent has income above the highest Oregon minimum wage, that parent is responsible for all health care coverage costs. No share of the cost is apportioned to a parent with income at or below the highest Oregon minimum wage as provided in section 12(c)(C) of this rule.
(15) When enforcing the health insurance provision of a child support judgment entered under this rule, health insurance is reasonable in cost if the premium cost for the child is equal to or less than the amount that was determined reasonable in cost under section 5 of this rule based on both parents' income at the time support was calculated, regardless of whether that cost exceeds either:
(a) The providing parent's individual contribution to the reasonable cost cap, or
(b) The actual cost of insurance allocated to the providing parent under section 14 of this rule.

Notes

Or. Admin. R. 137-050-0750
DOJ 16-2009, f. 12-1-09, cert. ef. 1-4-10; DOJ 12-2011, f. 12-30-11, cert. ef. 1-3-12; DOJ 3-2013, f. 5-15-13, cert. ef. 7-1-13; DOJ 8-2016, f. & cert. ef. 7/1/2016

Stat. Auth.: ORS 25.270 - 25.290, 25.323 & 180.345

Stats. Implemented: ORS 25.270 - 25.290 & 25.321 - 25.343

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