By:  Dutton (Senate Sponsor - Harris)                             H.B. No. 2001
	(In the Senate - Received from the House April 28, 2003; 
May 1, 2003, read first time and referred to Committee on 
Administration; May 6, 2003, reported favorably by the following 
vote:  Yeas 7, Nays 0; May 6, 2003, sent to printer.)

relating to notice to an employer of a court order requiring an employee to provide medical support for the employee's child; providing penalties. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: SECTION 1. Section 154.186, Family Code, is amended to read as follows: Sec. 154.186. NOTICE TO EMPLOYER CONCERNING MEDICAL SUPPORT. (a) The obligee, obligor, or a child support agency may send to the employer a copy of the order requiring an employee to provide health insurance coverage for a child or may include notice of the medical support order in an order or writ of withholding sent to the employer in accordance with Chapter 158. (b) In an appropriate Title IV-D case, the Title IV-D agency shall send to the employer the national medical support notice required under Part D, Title IV of the federal Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. Section 651 et seq.), as amended. The notice may be used in any other suit in which an obligor is ordered to provide health insurance coverage for a child. (c) The Title IV-D agency by rule shall establish procedures consistent with federal law for use of the national medical support notice and may prescribe forms for the efficient use of the notice. The agency shall provide the notice and forms, on request, to obligees, obligors, domestic relations offices, friends of the court, and attorneys. SECTION 2. Section 154.187, Family Code, is amended by amending Subsections (f) and (g) and adding Subsection (h) to read as follows: (f) In this section, "sender" means the person sending the order or notice under Section 154.186. (g) An employer who fails to enroll a child, fails to withhold or remit premiums or cash medical support, or discriminates in hiring or employment on the basis of a medical support order or notice under this subchapter shall be subject to the penalties and fines in Subchapter C, Chapter 158. (h) An employer who receives a national medical support notice under Section 154.186 shall comply with the requirements of the notice. SECTION 3. This Act takes effect July 1, 2003, if it receives a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this Act does not receive the vote necessary for effect on that date, this Act takes effect September 1, 2003.
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