Code of the District of Columbia

§ 46–251.08. Priority of withholding for employee contributions to health insurance coverage.

(a) If there are insufficient funds available within the limits of section 303(b) of the Consumer Credit Protection Act, approved May 29, 1968 (82 Stat. 163; 15 U.S.C. § 1673(b)), to meet the employee’s contribution necessary for the coverage of each child included in a support order and to comply with a notice or order to withhold received pursuant to § 46-212, the employer shall allocate the funds available according to the following priority, unless the court directs otherwise:

(1) Current child and spousal support;

(2) Health insurance premiums or current cash medical support;

(3) Arrearages for current support and current cash medical support; and

(4) Other child support obligations.

(b) If an employer is required to withhold earnings or employee contributions for health insurance coverage pursuant to more than one support order, the employer shall prorate among the support orders subject to withholding the amount of the employee’s earnings that are available for withholding within the limits of section 303(b) of the Consumer Credit Protection Act, approved May 29, 1968 (82 Stat. 163; 15 U.S.C. § 1673(b)), and determine whether the available earnings are sufficient to satisfy current cash support due under all applicable support orders. The employer shall not withhold contributions for health insurance coverage required under any support order until all the employee’s current cash support obligations are satisfied. The employer shall fully satisfy each priority level stated in subsection (a) of this section for all of the employee’s support orders before applying payments to an obligation with a lesser priority.

(c) An employer shall apply the law of the employee’s principal place of employment in determining the limitations and priorities applicable to the withholding of employee contributions for health insurance coverage.


(Mar. 30, 2004, D.C. Law 15-130, § 108, 51 DCR 1615; Mar. 20, 2008, D.C. Law 17-128, § 3(c), 55 DCR 1525.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-307.42, § 46-217, § 46-251.03, and § 46-251.10.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 17-128 rewrote the section.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition of this section, see § 108 of Medical Support Establishment and Enforcement Emergency Amendment Act of 2002 (D.C. Act 14-485, October 3, 2002, 49 DCR 9631).

For temporary (90 day) addition of this section, see § 108 of Medical Support Establishment and Enforcement Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2002 (D.C. Act 14-600, January 7, 2003, 50 DCR 664).

For temporary (90 day) addition of this section, see § 108 of Medical Support Establishment and Enforcement Emergency Amendment Act of 2003 (D.C. Act 15-208, October 24, 2003, 50 DCR 9856).

For temporary (90 day) addition of this section, see § 108 of Medical Support Establishment and Enforcement Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2004 (D.C. Act 15-330, January 28, 2004, 51 DCR 1603).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 day) addition of section, see § 108 of Medical Support Establishment and Enforcement Temporary Amendment Act of 2002 (D.C. Law 14-238, March 25, 2003, law notification 50 DCR 2751).

For temporary (225 day) addition of section, see § 108 of Medical Support Establishment and Enforcement Temporary Amendment Act of 2003 (D.C. Law 15-84, March 10, 2004, law notification 51 DCR 3376).