|(a) By accessing the CSLN data base an insurer may
determine whether a claimant owes past-due child support.
(b) To register for access to this database, an insurer
(1) go to the CSLN web page at http://www.childsupportliens.com;
(2) click on the FAQ tab at the top of the web page
and select the question regarding registration;
(3) complete and electronically submit the registration
form and confidentiality statement.
(c) Secure access to the CSLN database will be approved
once the registration information and confidentiality statement have
been received and reviewed. The insurer will be notified by e-mail
of access approval and at that time will be provided with a user ID,
the web site address, and basic instructions.
(d) Unless the insurer is participating in the CSLN
or OCSE Automated Data Match, the insurer must query the database
prior to the payment of the claim.
(1) For claims involving periodic payments after the
insurer has determined that benefits will be payable, the query must
be made only prior to the initial payment after the insurer has determined
that benefits are payable. No inquiry is required for each periodic
payment for 12 months thereafter. Examples of these types of claims
(A) periodic payments under a disability policy;
(B) workers' compensation policy;
(C) accident or health insurance policy involving periodic
(D) payments to an annuitant for an annuitization including
(2) If additional information is required to be submitted
to continue periodic payments, this shall not be considered a new
claim if the information is provided within 12 months of the initial
(3) A claim involving different benefits or coverage's
will be considered a new claim and the data base must be queried.
(e) The insurer receives immediate notification of
the status of the match:
(1) if there is no match, the insurer is informed;
(2) if there is a positive match, the insurer is informed
and provided the basic match data;
(3) if there are multiple possible matches within one
state, the insurer is asked to call CSLN to identify the correct obligor;
(4) if there are multiple possible matches within more
than one state, the insurer is notified that CSLN will work with the
insurer and the affected states to determine the appropriate course
(f) When an interactive match occurs, CSLN notifies
the State child support enforcement agency of a match. CSLN or the
State child support agency will send a notice of child support lien
(or, in the case of workers' compensations claim, a withholding instrument)
to the insurer.
(g) As an alternative to CSLN, a life insurance company
can use OCSE's web-based application, the Debt Inquiry Service (DIS),
to submit information about life insurance beneficiaries prior to
making a payout to determine if a beneficiary owes past-due support.
The information may be provided through individual look-ups or by
uploading a single file containing information about multiple individuals.
The information provided by the life insurance companies is compared
with individuals who owe past-due child support. If there is a match,
the life insurance company receives the name of the State(s) where
the individual owes past-due support and contact information for that
State. If the match identifies an individual subject to a child support
order being enforced by the CSD, the life insurance company may either
contact the CSD or await notice from the CSD concerning the match.
(h) Apart from life insurance claims, the OCSE Debt
Inquiry Services portal does not provide enough information to satisfy
the insurance data match requirements under this subchapter.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §55.604 adopted to be effective June 10, 2003, 28 TexReg 4409; amended to be effective March 5, 2008, 33 TexReg 1762; amended to be effective March 16, 2010, 35 TexReg 2153; amended to be effective December 2, 2013, 38 TexReg 8639