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

Date Title
September 17, 2019 CMS' RDS Center Is Modernizing the Secure Website; We Want To Hear From You!

CMS' RDS Center will be reaching out to RDS Plan Sponsors so that we may better understand the needs and wants of our users. We want to hear from you, because who better to tell us what Plan Sponsors need than the Plan Sponsors themselves.

August 12, 2019 Activate Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) for Your RDS Secure Website Account Now

On Friday night, August 16, 2019, CMS' RDS Center will implement a Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) login requirement to access the RDS Secure Website, mandated by updated Federal security policy requirements.

May 6, 2019 Cost Threshold and Cost Limit Amounts for Plan Years Ending in 2020, and the Parameters for Medicare Part D Plans in 2020

On Monday, April 1, 2019 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 2020, as well as the parameters for Medicare Part D plans in 2020.

March 28, 2019 Application Statuses Published in the RDS User Guide

CMS' RDS Center has published a list of statuses that an application can reflect throughout the RDS Program Lifecycle.

January 8, 2019 New RDS TV Videos Available

CMS' RDS Center is pleased to announce the addition of two new videos to the RDS TV library.

November 27, 2018 Announcing RDS TV!

CMS' RDS Center is pleased to announce the release of RDS TV, a library of on-demand training videos hosted on CMS' YouTube Channel.

November 26, 2018 RDS System Maintenance and Delay in Retiree Processing

CMS' RDS Center will be performing system maintenance on the RDS Secure Website from Friday, December 7, 2018 at 8:00PM ET through Monday, December 10, 2018 at 8:00AM ET.

November 26, 2018 IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED: RDS File Location Change Implementation Date

Effective Monday, December 10, 2018, all RDS Vendors submitting files to CMS' RDS Center via Connect:Direct should begin using the new file location for production retiree and cost files.

November 20, 2018 Recap Article Now Available: Secure Website Modernization Webinar and Feedback Session

On Wednesday, November 14, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS') Retiree Drug Subsidy (RDS) Center hosted a webinar about the upcoming Secure Website Modernization initiative and how this project will impact the RDS Program.

June 28, 2018 Retiree Response and Weekly Notification File Emails

CMS' RDS Center recently experienced an issue with the "Retiree Response File Available" and "Weekly Notification File Available" emails.

Page last updated: April 01, 2016