Contributions by Non Custodial Parent to Child Medical Insurance

If your child’s mother and your child receives Receive Ritecare or Riteshare medical insurance from the State of Rhode Island, then the State will file a case in Court against you. Under RI Law, the State of RI will request that you provide health insurance for your child. If you do not have a job or have a job which does not offer health insurance then you have to contribute 5 percent of your income to the state to help the state pay for the insurance.

Cash medical contributions in Rhode Island

Child support and health insurance

Rhode Island child support attorney, David Slepkow

This cash medical contribution will be paid in addition to your child support and will be paid directly to the state of Rhode Island. The state must also give you a deduction from your gross income to determine the  proper  child support amount. This deduction is set forth on the Rhode Island child support guidelines.

What is a reasonable cost under RI law? Health insurance

In the event that you are offered health insurance through your work then you only have to provide health insurance for your child if it is available at a reasonable cost. Pursuant to Rhode Island child support law, a reasonable cost is  up to 5% of your gross income.  If you provide health insurance to your child then you are not required to pay a cash medical contribution.

Rite Care and Right Share is only available to RI residents who meet certain income qualifications

The Rhode Island Department of Human Services States: “RIte Share is Rhode Island’s Premium Assistance Program that helps Rhode Island families afford health insurance through their employer by paying for some or all of the employee’s cost.”  “RIte Care is Rhode Island’s Medicaid managed care program for families on the RI Works  PrRhode Island Department of Human Servicesogram and eligible uninsured pregnant women, children, and parents. Members enroll in a participating health plan:  UnitedHealthcare of New England or Neighborhood Health Plan of RI.” http://www.dhs.ri.gov/People/FamilieswithChildren/HealthCare/RIteCare/tabid/213/Default.aspx

Slepkow Slepkow & Associates, Inc
Family Law Attorney
1481 Wampanoag Trail
East Providence,RI
02915
Phone: (401) 437-1100