Keeping Children Healthy: When Does Cash Medical Support Comes Into Play?

In Oregon, all child support orders have a provision for medical support. The most common way to provide medical support for a child is by providing medical insurance for the child – either privately, through a public program, or through an employer. If neither parent has access to healthcare coverage for the child, the parent paying child support may be ordered to pay additional money each month to the child support payee for cash medical support.

Cash medical support is an amount of money that a parent pays in addition to cash child support in order to assist with the cost of heath care coverage by the other parent or to help with the uninsured medical expenses of the child. The Oregon Child Support Guidelines provide calculations for how much cash medical support should be paid when health insurance is not available to the child. The Oregon Child Support Calculator is available here.