Time to Collect Unreimbursed Medical Expenses
It’s that time of year again. If you have an order for child support or spousal support/alimony that has been issued through Domestic Relations, it’s time to make sure you have been reimbursed for your expenses and to submit any money owed to the other party. Whether you are receiving support or paying support, you have until March 31, 2019 to provide documentation to the other party for reimbursement for all out of pocket, unreimbursed medical and/or other expenses for the year 2018 pursuant to your support order. If you fail to request reimbursement from the other party by March 31, 2019, you may not be able to recover those costs should you have to file for enforcement through Domestic Relations. You should mail the following information to the other party via regular and certified mail before the deadline: copies of medical bills, explanation of benefits and any other statement from insurance related to the expense, and/or invoices for all other expenses. The exact amount owed to you should be clearly stated.
Make sure to keep copies of everything sent to the other party as well as the certified mail receipt. The other party has thirty (30) days to reimburse you. If the other party does not reimburse you within 30 days, you can notify Domestic Relations in your county for enforcement.
Generally, if you are receiving support, you must pay for the first $250 in unreimbursed medical expenses for each person covered by your support order or agreement and then anything above and beyond the $250 per person limit will be allocated according to the ratios (e.g., 60/40, 50/50, etc.) specified in your support order.
Be sure to read your order or stipulated agreement carefully.
If your order or agreement covers other expenses (e.g., extracurricular activities, therapy, etc.) and allocates them proportionally it is also the time to request reimbursement from the other party.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 215-366-7839.