Announcements

April 29, 2021

H.R.1868 – “To prevent across-the-board direct spending cuts, and for other purposes,” enacted on April 14, 2021, again extends the ending date of the sequestration suspension period from March 31, 2021 to December 31, 2021.

April 28, 2021

On Friday, January 15, 2021 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Cost Threshold and Cost Limit amounts that apply to Plan Sponsors participating in CMS' Retiree Drug Subsidy (RDS) Program, with qualified prescription drug plans that end in 2022.

March 2, 2021

CMS' RDS Center is pleased to announce the publication of the new RDS Quick Start Guides, a library of one-page process diagrams illustrating how to complete various tasks within the RDS Secure Website.

December 30, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Retiree Drug Subsidy (RDS) Program is subject to the mandatory reductions in federal spending, or sequestration, in accordance with the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 (BBEDCA), as amended.

August 28, 2020

CMS wants to hear from you! We are currently recruiting volunteers for the next phase of the Secure Website modernization: User Acceptance Testing. If you are a current RDS participant with an active Secure Website account, you actively use the Annual Plan Application process within the Secure Website, and are interested in participating, please review the material below and email CMS’ RDS Center by Friday, September 11, 2020 to express your interest in volunteering for the initiative. 

August 20, 2020

The address for sending an overpayment remittance to CMS' RDS Center has changed.

RDS Spotlight

The RDS Quick Start Guides page is a library of one-page process diagrams illustrating how to complete various tasks within the RDS Secure Website. The first two Quick Start Guide entries address activating and resetting Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) for your RDS Secure Website user account.

Activating and maintaining Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) for your RDS Secure Website user account is critical to ensuring your Plan Sponsor meets its Application and Reconciliation Deadlines and experiences all the benefits of participating in the RDS Program. If you have a new device that you need to sync to the RDS Secure Website, or your current MFA is no longer working, you’ll need to reset MFA. For detailed guidance on how to reset MFA, refer to the instructions associated with the type of device you are using.

CMS’ RDS Center would like to remind RDS Secure Website users that it is a violation of Federal law to share or transfer user accounts or login and password information.

CMS' RDS Center offers a number of tips for resolving errors when uploading a retiree file on the RDS Secure Website.

There are a number of conditions that must be met before Step 4: Finalize Covered Retirees can be completed.

The RDS Secure Website allows an individual to act in only one role at a time. If a Plan Sponsor wishes to assign a different role to a current user, it should keep a few things in mind.

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