- The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, also known as Public Law#109-171, was signed into law by President George W. Bush on February 8, 2006.
- Actual bill: https://www.congress.gov/bill/109th-congress/senate-bill/1932
- Key points of the legislation included:
1.Eliminated requirement that families assign all of their rights to child support to the state when receiving TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families).
2.Required child support orders include provision for health insurance
3.Health insurance claims could be enforced by states against the custodial parent
4.States are required to provide services to collect co-pays, deductibles, and un-reimbursed medical expenses collect on behalf of a child
5.Required Title IV-D agencies to collect $25 annual fee on cases where parent never received TANF and $500 or more has been received.
6.Removed pre-1997 and post-1997 assignments of child support to IV-D agencies allowing families to directly receive it
- Overall, it reduced the amount of federal financial support to state CSE programs.