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TANF/Child Support help? ------------------------- Anchorage, 34 posts
9th Aug '13

So, about a year ago, my ex/ son's father began collecting TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) benefits. I was ordered to pay back the state what monetary assistance DSHS had supplied my ex with. I have no problem paying the child support order, but I just received a letter from DSHS, ordering me to provide full medical coverage for my son, despite the fact that he is already on Medicaid. I only work part-time, until I find a second job, and my insurance won't start until I've been at my current job for 6 months. Will DSHS still demand I pay for my son's insurance before I have coverage from work? Or is there a way to post-pone payments until I am insured? My son already has Medicaid, so it's not like he isn't covered. I just don't have to financial means to pay at the moment, because I'm paying child support, saving up for a car, apartment, and most importantly, plane tickets to fly back to my son's father's house in September to get my son (his father and I live in separate parts of the country).
I feel so conflicted because it's either I pay for insurance now, but don't have enough money to pay for other necessities now, or I pay for the insurance when I get coverage from my work, and I get my son sooner.



Has anyone else gone through a similar experience, or have knowledge of how TANF/ Child Support works?

A & T + 2♡ 2 kids; Kansas 19234 posts
9th Aug '13

I'm not sure if they'd give you any time for you to get it. My BD is court ordered to get insurance for her even though she's on Medicaid. It's not their job to be insuring the kids, that's why they are asking you to get him insurance.

Momlette of 3 Due December 25 (girl); 3 kids; Ohio 25513 posts
9th Aug '13

I used to get TANF for my daughter and my everything my ex owed me in child support (aprx 3K) Went to the state to pay that back so he did have to pay it and 50 dollars of what I get in child support the state takes to pay for the state insurance she receives.

user banned Due March 16; 18 kids; Springfield, Georgia 8473 posts
9th Aug '13

I have Medicaid for my son even though his dad I'd court ordered to provide insurance & he won't >:( They've never sent him anything!

------------------------- Anchorage, 34 posts
9th Aug '13
Quoting MJ's Mommy♥:" I'm not sure if they'd give you any time for you to get it. My BD is court ordered to get insurance for ... [snip!] ... even though she's on Medicaid. It's not their job to be insuring the kids, that's why they are asking you to get him insurance."


Does your daughter receive Medicaid benefits, in addition to the insurance from her dad?
That's what my paperwork said would be the case, so my son isn't without coverage. That's why I'm wondering if it's possible to postpone the payments until I qualify for insurance at work and can add my son to my policy.

A & T + 2♡ 2 kids; Kansas 19234 posts
9th Aug '13
Quoting Amy Yerman:" Does your daughter receive Medicaid benefits, in addition to the insurance from her dad? That's what ... [snip!] ... I'm wondering if it's possible to postpone the payments until I qualify for insurance at work and can add my son to my policy."


She is on Medicaid, yes. Her dad supposedly cannot get a job for 6 months because he's in a rehab, which is court ordered. Then he has to go to a half way house for 8 months, which he can then get a job. I'm not sure if they'd give you that time or not, do you have a lawyer? You should speak to your lawyer.

Mrs.Mud 6 kids; 2 angel babies; North Dakota 3308 posts
10th Aug '13

You have to show them that you do not have coverage available right now. Here it's worded something like "at no or nominal cost". Once insurance is available, if the cost is astronomical, they won't make you cover him. They can only take 50% of your income with the child support and insurance combined, so keep that in mind as well. My husband was ordered to provide medical support a few years ago, but at the time, his job did not cover any of the cost, so they did not follow through with the order. With his job now, the insurance is more reasonable, so he just started covering both of his other children. They were both previously on Medicaid as well and I believe they both still have it as secondary insurance. This is all just what I know from my state, though, it could be different where you live.

lilp 2 kids; Burlington, VT, United States 80 posts
10th Aug '13

my bf went through this with his son. most insurence dont cross state lines so you likely wont be able to get coverage for your son anyway.