Starting April 25, 2020, CMS will use the 2017 CDC life table for WCMSAs

In an alert dated March 17, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that beginning April 25, 2020, it will use the new 2017 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, so CMS uses it to determine the appropriate length of medical treatment.

CMS’ brief announcement can be found here, and the relevant text is as follows:

2017 Life Table

Beginning April 25, 2020, CMS will convert to the CDC’s “Table 1: Life Table for the total population: United States, 2017” for the Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set Aside life expectancy calculations.

You may download the current 2017 life table here.

If you have questions or would like more information, please feel free to e-mail the author at

Sid Wong

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

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