Child Support – How to request reimbursement from the other parent for their share of unreimbursed medical or dental costs

michelle-lasswellA lot changed when the new child support laws went into effect in January 2007. Among the changes is that if a parent is requesting medical reimbursement from the other parent pursuant to an obligation set out in a court order, he or she now must request the reimbursement promptly and provide detailed information.

Under the new law (Minn. Stat. § 518A.41, Subd. 17), a party must request reimbursement of unreimbursed or uninsured medical expenses within two years of the date that the requesting party incurred the expenses. This requirement applies to all court orders, even if the order was signed before the new law went into effect.

A party requesting the reimbursement must mail a written notice of intent to collect the medical expenses and a copy of an affidavit of health care expenses. The forms are available at the Department of Human Resources where they explain what must be included in the written notice. The affidavit of health care expenses must itemize and document the child’s unreimbursed or uninsured medical expenses and include copies of all bills, receipts, and insurance company explanations of benefits.

Failure to follow these formal steps could result in the other party not being responsible for reimbursement. So, keep good records and give the proper notice!

Author of this post: Michelle Lasswell, Attorney/Mediator

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