ASSEMBLY, No. 1003

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

214th LEGISLATURE

 

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2010 SESSION

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblywoman  L. GRACE SPENCER

District 29 (Essex and Union)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Requires non-custodial parent to purchase health benefits coverage for child.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     Introduced Pending Technical Review by Legislative Counsel

  


An Act concerning health benefits coverage pursuant to a child support order and  amending P.L.1995, c.58.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.  Section 1 of P.L.1995, c.58 (C.2A:34-23c) is amended to read as follows:

     1.  a.  Any order for child support issued pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.2A:34-23 shall include provisions indicating the party responsible for maintaining medical support coverage for the child and the terms and conditions by which that coverage is to be maintained. 

     b.  Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, if a non-custodial parent is required to provide health benefits coverage for a child pursuant to a child support order and the non-custodial parent's health benefits plan is unable to provide coverage for the child based on the fact that the child lives in an area not served by the plan, the non-custodial parent shall pay the additional cost for coverage of the child under the custodial parent's health benefits plan, or if the custodial parent has no health benefits plan, the non-custodial parent shall purchase a separate health benefits plan to cover the child.

(cf:  P.L.1995, c.58, s.1).

 

     2.  This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill requires that if a non-custodial parent is required to provide health benefits coverage for a child pursuant to a child support order, but the non-custodial parent's plan is unable to provide coverage for the child based on the fact that the child lives outside the area served by the plan, then the non-custodial parent shall pay the additional cost for coverage under the custodial parent's health benefits plan.  In addition, if the custodial parent has no health benefits plan, then the non-custodial parent is required to purchase a separate health benefits plan to cover the child.