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CMS will use the 2016 CDC Life Table for WCMSAs starting 10/12/19

By Sid Wong  |  September 17, 2019

In an alert dated September 12, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that beginning October 12, 2019, it will use the new 2016 CDC Life Table to calculate adjusted life expectancies in Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Asides (WCMSAs). The table correlates a person’s age with anticipated life expectancy, which CMS uses to determine the appropriate length of medical treatment for WCMSAs.

CMS’ brief announcement can be found here, with the relevant text is as follows: Beginning October 12, 2019, CMS will convert to the CDC’s “Table 1: Life Table for the total population: United States, 2016“ for the Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set Aside life expectancy calculations.

You may download the current 2016 life table here.

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Sid Wong is assistant vice president of policy at ISO Claims Partners, a Verisk business. You can contact Sid at