Based on the success of PIP, new legislation was enacted in July 2003 to allow for the intercept of insurance claim payments to satisfy debts in addition to past-due child support. G.L. c. 175, § 24E authorized MassHealth and the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) to intercept insurance payments for the purpose of recovering public assistance benefits. In December 2004, G.L. c. 175, § 24F was enacted authorizing DOR's Taxpayer Services Division to intercept insurance claim payments for the purpose of paying delinquent taxes owed to the Commonwealth.
PIP helps families provide for their children and also relieves the burden borne by the citizens of the Commonwealth when individuals fail to pay their taxes. PIP furthers the goal of the Medicaid program, which provides both medical and financial public assistance benefits to low-income families.
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