Welcome to the new WAWCA
portion of the website dealing with Worker's Compensation (WC) Medicare
Set-aside Arrangements (WCMSAs or MSAs). We have completely revised this
section of the website, as of October 2007, to include all new information and updated links. We
have re-organized this section as well, so that you can quickly find the
information that you need.
The content of this page is
intended for attorneys and adjusters involved in WC claims who have general
questions about MSAs and are not sure where to obtain the information or would
like some quick answers. This website is not intended to provide legal advice.
If you believe that you need more thorough answers, we suggest that you contact
We have organized the
information in a format similar to a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section of
a website. Just click on the question below that you are interested in and you
will be taken to a new page that, hopefully, will provide you the answers that
a Medicare Set-Aside?
are the laws that govern an MSA?
the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and how is in involved
I know if I need an MSA?
the best time to start the MSA process?
a conditional payment?
WC case settles for less than $25,000 do I need an MSA?
long does it take to get an MSA approved by CMS?
obtained CMS approval, now what?
I am a
claimant’s attorney; do I need to know anything about MSA to protect my
I am an
adjuster/defense attorney; what do I need to know to protect the employer?
party in a WC claim is responsible for obtaining CMS approval of an MSA?
can I go to find more information about MSAs?
of the content was prepared by Michael R. Merlino II, an attorney in Georgia who
focuses on his practice primarily on MSAs. He prepares MSAs for many large
self-insureds and insurance companies. If you have questions, he can be
contacted at 770-374-3697 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. He also has a website devoted to MSAs, which is updated
2007 Wisconsin Association of Worker’s Compensation Attorneys, Inc, and Michael
R. Merlino II. All rights reserved.