New Rules for Insurers – Child Support Liens

Insurers now have a duty to cooperate with the Texas Attorney General to identify insurance claimants with past-due child support arrearages. In 2009, the Texas Legislature amended Section 231.015 of the Texas Family Code to make it mandatory for insurers doing business in Texas to participate in an insurance intercept program. The Office of the Attorney General has adopted new rules in the Texas Administrative Code implementing these changes, and the new rules take effect March 16, 2010. Insurance companies doing business in Texas should coordinate with the Insurance Service Office (ISO) or the Child Support Lien Network (CSLN) to participate in the program, which entails performing either automated data matches or interactive look-ups of almost all personal injury claimants prior to payment of their claims.

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