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Starting March 27, 2021, CMS will use the 2018 CDC Life Table for WCMSAs

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that beginning March 27, 2021, it will use the new 2018 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 medical treatment length.

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

2018 Life Table

Beginning March 27, 2021, CMS will convert to the CDC’s “Table 1: Life Table for the total population: United States, 2018” for the Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set Aside life expectancy calculations.

You may download the current 2018 life table here.

If you have questions or would like more information, please feel free to e-mail the author at Sidney.Wong@verisk.com.


Sid Wong

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


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