Can a stepparent act on behalf of a minor child to provide informed consent and authorization for dental treatment?

Prior to treating a minor child, you must obtain informed consent from a parent, guardian or legal custodian of the child. Wisconsin law defines a “parent” as a: Biological parent Husband who has consented to artificial insemination of his wife Parent by adoption Father who has had his paternity established in accordance with applicable law… Continue Reading Can a stepparent act on behalf of a minor child to provide informed consent and authorization for dental treatment?

Can I share information relating to a minor child with his or her stepparent?

Generally not, unless the stepparent has formally adopted the child. Information relating to a minor child cannot be shared with a stepparent, unless a stepparent formally adopts a child. Information included within dental records is treated as HIPAA-protected health information. HIPAA permits the disclosure of a child’s protected health information only to a parent, guardian… Continue Reading Can I share information relating to a minor child with his or her stepparent?

Following a divorce, which parent has the right to make treatment decisions on behalf of a minor child?

The ability to make decisions regarding treatment of a minor child depends on which parent has legal custody of the child. In cases where the parents have joint legal custody, they each have the right to make decisions (just as they did when they were together prior to the divorce). Physical custody alone does not… Continue Reading Following a divorce, which parent has the right to make treatment decisions on behalf of a minor child?

If a divorced parent is delinquent in paying for a child’s dental expenses, can I contact the other parent to collect?

The answer to the question of responsibility between divorced parents for a minor child’s dental expenses is similar to the treatment decisions question above – it depends. Generally, payment should be sought from the parent with the court-assigned responsibility for the expenses. As with treatment decisions, the only way to be absolutely certain which parent… Continue Reading If a divorced parent is delinquent in paying for a child’s dental expenses, can I contact the other parent to collect?

How are insurance benefits coordinated for a child of divorced parents?

When a child is covered by more than one benefit plan, it is necessary to determine which pays first to avoid duplication of benefits. As a general rule, coordination of benefits depends on the benefit or insurance plans involved and the surrounding circumstances. This is particularly true for self-funded plans and individual insurance contracts, where… Continue Reading How are insurance benefits coordinated for a child of divorced parents?