Am I responsible for my wife’s medical bills even if she’s not on my health insurance?

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Am I responsible for my wife’s medical bills even if she’s not on my health insurance?

We haven’t been together in 13 years; we just never got divorced. She has still been on my health insurance and now I want to take her off but I just wasn’t to make sure that I’m not legally responsible for her bills.

Asked on November 20, 2011 under Family Law, Alabama

Answers:

MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

If you have been separated for 13 years, you may have issues depending on the state in which you live wherein you may be required to keep her on as a dependent until you show proof of divorce where continued support is not required or wherein she agrees to be taken off of your insurance. You should consult with your HR staff or the insurance company itself to determine your state's individual requirements on support and whether it would be prudent at this point to take her off of the insurance.


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