University of Wisconsin–Madison
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Medical Support Orders: Potential Fiscal Effects of Matching Wisconsin Insurance and Child Support Data

The federal government has strongly promoted increased use and enforcement of medical support orders. This report seeks to answer the question: What proportion of low-income noncustodial parents has access to affordable health insurance from which their children might benefit? The researchers find that some children covered by the Wisconsin Medicaid program have noncustodial parents not known to that program who have health insurance, and that savings would be possible if those carriers could be identified and billed. In addition, it is likely that some children not on Medicaid and with no insurance coverage could receive coverage as a result of this kind of data match.


Child Support, Child Support Policy Research, Health, Related Social Policies