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New information regarding upcoming Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside Arrangement (WCMSA) changes are posted as the information becomes available.  Items remain on this page for the current year and are then moved to the Archive page.

April 10, 2014 - New WCMSA Self-Administration Page Now Available

A new WCMSA Self-Administration page has been added to the Workers Compensation Medicare Set-Aside Arrangement section of CMS.gov. The new page contains information for individuals who choose to self-administer their WCMSA accounts.  Materials available on the new page include:

  • New Self-Administration Toolkit for WCMSAs
  • Account Expenditure for Lump Sum Account (Attestation Letter)
  • Account Expenditure for Structured Annuity (Attestation Letter)
  • Transaction Record Sample
  • WCMSA Reference Guide

February 5, 2014 - Implementation of the Benefits Coordination & Recovery Center

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has completed the restructuring of the Coordination of Benefits (COB) and Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) recovery activities.

COB activities for both Group Health Plans and Non-Group Health Plans (that is, liability insurance (including self-insurance), no-fault insurance, and workers' compensation laws or plans) and Recovery activities for Non-Group Health Plans have been fully transitioned from the COB contractor and the Medicare Secondary Payer Recovery Contractor to the new Benefits Coordination & Recovery Center (BCRC).  Contact information for the BCRC is on the Contacts page of the COB&R Overview section.

January 29, 2014 - Use of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) 2009 Life Tables

CMS will begin referencing the CDC's Table 1: Life Table for the total population: United States, 2009, for WCMSA life expectancy calculations on March 31, 2014.  A link to the CDC’s 2009 Life Tables may be found in the Related Links section near the bottom of the page.