Can I provide secondary health insurance for my step kids?

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Can I provide secondary health insurance for my step kids?

My wife has been ordered to pay 33 of all
incurred medical costs. Her ex pays 67 and
provides health insurance. Can I provide health
insurance in addition what the my step children
already have to help lower our actual out of
pocket expense?

Asked on October 12, 2018 under Insurance Law, Idaho

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, no, you cannot do this. A nonparent, even a stepparent, cannot provide health insurance for children over whom he has no legal parental or guardianship rights. You do not have a legal relationship to stepchildren that allows you to provide health insurance for them.


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