Salisbury, MD asked in Family Law for Maryland

Q: Are Co-pays considered extraordinary medical?

I am ordered to pay 50% over $250 of extraordinary medical. My ex sent me a bunch of receipts of nothing but co-pays ( for the month of Nov.) which for 1, doesn't even exceed $250 (total), and #2, are nothing but co-pays. Am I required to pay 50% of co-pays?

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Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
  • Rockville, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: Yes, co-pays qualify as "extraordinary medical expenses" under the Family Law Article of Maryland, but only to the extent that they, together with all other qualifying expenses, exceed $250 per year. The text of the law is as follows:

Family Law Code, Section 12-201(g) Extraordinary medical expenses. --

(1) "Extraordinary medical expenses" means uninsured costs for medical treatment in excess of $ 250 in any calendar year.

(2) "Extraordinary medical expenses" includes uninsured, reasonable, and necessary costs for orthodontia, dental treatment, vision care, asthma treatment, physical therapy, treatment for any chronic health problem, and professional counseling or psychiatric therapy for diagnosed mental disorders.

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