The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that beginning June 4, 2022, it will use the new 2019 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:
Beginning June 4, 2022, CMS will utilize the CDC’s “Table 1: Life Table for the total population: United States, 2019” for the Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set Aside life expectancy calculations. A link to the CDC’s 2019 Life Tables can be found in the Related Links section at the bottom of this page.
You may download the current 2019 life table here.
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