Announcements

Check this page often for news about important program updates, training opportunities, and educational information.

Date Title
June 10, 2021 6/19/21 System Maintenance Notification

CMS' RDS Center will be performing system maintenance on the RDS Secure Website on Saturday, June 19, 2021 from 9:00AM ET through 9:00PM ET.

May 26, 2021 RDS Webinar and Listening Session – Secure Website Modernization

You are invited to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) Retiree Drug Subsidy (RDS) Webinar Listening Session: Secure Website Modernization – Annual Plan Application & Payment Setup Demonstration. The RDS Webinar Listening Session: Secure Website Modernization – Annual Plan Application & Payment Setup Demonstration is intended for all RDS participants with active Secure Website accounts. During the Webinar Listening Session, CMS’ RDS Center will demonstrate prototype versions of new Secure Website components, including redesigned pages and streamlined processes. Participants are encouraged to provide feedback throughout the presentation via polling questions. 

April 29, 2021 Suspension of Sequestration for the Retiree Drug Subsidy Program Extended Through December 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 Cost Threshold and Cost Limit Amounts for Plan Years Ending in 2022, and the Parameters for Medicare Part D Plans in 2022

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 Announcing New RDS Quick Start Guides!

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 Extension to the Suspension of Sequestration for the Retiree Drug Subsidy Program

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 Help CMS Improve the RDS Secure Website

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 Effective Immediately: Change of Address for Sending an Overpayment Remittance

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

May 15, 2020 Suspension of Sequestration for Retiree Drug Subsidy Program

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.

May 8, 2020 Important Enhancement to RDS Payment Frequency

CMS' RDS Center is pleased to announce that beginning May 8, 2020, all RDS applications' Payment Frequency will be set to a maximum frequency of monthly interim payments, consistent with the general payment rules regarding timing set forth in 42 C.F.R. 423.888(b)(1).

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