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WAC 388-14A-4130

What must a plan administrator do after receiving a National Medical Support Notice from the division of child support?

(1) A plan administrator who receives a National Medical Support Notice (NMSN) must respond to the NMSN within forty business days after the date on the NMSN.
(2) If the obligated parent and the children are to be enrolled in a health insurance plan, the plan administrator must:
(a) Notify the obligated parent, each child, and the custodial parent (CP) (if the obligated parent is not the CP) that coverage of the children is or will become available (notifying the CP is considered the same as notifying the child if they live at the same address); and
(b) If not previously provided, send the CP a description of the coverage available, including the effective date of coverage, a summary plan description and any forms or information necessary to start coverage, and information on how to submit claims for benefits.
(3) If there is more than one option available under the plan and the obligated parent is not yet enrolled, the plan administrator must:
(a) Provide to the division of child support (DCS) copies of applicable summary plan descriptions for available coverage, including the additional participant contribution necessary to obtain coverage for the children under each option and whether any option has a limited service area; and
(b) If the plan has a default option, enroll the children in the plan's default option if the plan administrator has not received DCS' election within twenty business days of the date the plan administrator returned the response to DCS; or
(c) If the plan does not have a default option, enroll the children in the option selected by DCS.
(4) If the obligated parent is subject to a waiting period that expires within ninety days from the date the plan administrator receives the NMSN, the plan administrator must enroll the children named in the NMSN immediately.
(5) If the obligated parent is subject to a waiting period that expires more than ninety days from the date the plan administrator receives the NMSN, the plan administrator must notify the employer, DCS, the obligated parent and the CP (if the obligated parent is not the CP) of the waiting period. When the waiting period has expired, the plan administrator must:
(a) Enroll the obligated parent and the children named in the NMSN, as provided in subsection (2) or (3) above; and
(b) Notify the employer of enrollment so that the employer may determine if the NCP's income is sufficient to withhold health insurance premiums, and then either withhold accordingly or notify DCS, as provided in WAC 388-14A-4125 (3)(b).
(6) If the obligated parent is subject to a waiting period whose duration is determined by a measure other than the passage of time (for example, the completion of a certain number of hours worked), the plan administrator must notify the employer, DCS, the obligated parent and the CP (if the CP is not the obligated parent) of the waiting period. When the waiting period has expired, the plan administrator must:
(a) Enroll the obligated parent and the children named in the NMSN, as provided in subsection (2) or (3) above; and
(b) Notify the employer of enrollment so that the employer may determine if the obligated parent's income is sufficient to withhold health insurance premiums, and then either withhold accordingly or notify DCS, as provided in WAC 388-14A-4125 (3)(b).
(7) If the plan administrator determines that the NMSN does not constitute a qualified medical child support order as defined by ERISA, the plan administrator must:
(a) Notify DCS using the part of the NMSN called the plan administrator response; and
(b) Notify the obligated parent, the CP (if the CP is not the obligated parent) and the children of the specific reasons for the determination. A copy of the plan administrator response is considered sufficient notice under this section.
[Statutory Authority: 2007 c 143, §§ 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, and 9. WSR 08-12-029, § 388-14A-4130, filed 5/29/08, effective 7/1/08. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090, 74.20A.310, and 26.18.170, 42 U.S.C. 666 (a)(19), Child Support Performance and Incentives Act of 1998, 45 C.F.R. 303.31, and 45 C.F.R. 303.32. WSR 04-17-119, § 388-14A-4130, filed 8/17/04, effective 9/17/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090, 26.18.170, 26.18.180, 74.20A.055. WSR 01-03-089, § 388-14A-4130, filed 1/17/01, effective 2/17/01. Formerly WAC 388-11-215.]
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