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

Date Title
March 19, 2018 Reminder: RDS To Begin Accepting MBI on April 1, 2018

CMS' RDS Center would like to remind the Plan Sponsor community that, in accordance with CMS’ New Medicare Card Project initiative, beginning April 1, 2018, the RDS Center shall begin accepting the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) in retiree files.

April 1, 2018 CMS’ RDS Center Now Accepting MBI

Effective April 1, 2018, CMS' RDS Center is accepting Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) in retiree files.

May 8, 2018 Cost Threshold and Cost Limit Amounts for Plan Years Ending in 2019, and the Parameters for Medicare Part D Plans in 2019

On Monday, April 2, 2018 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 2019,  as well as the parameters for Medicare Part D plans in 2019.

May 10, 2018 RDS Plan Sponsors and Vendors: MBI Reminder

Your organization should only use the MBI information for system readiness and care coordination purposes as needed. 

June 6, 2018 Notice to Connect:Direct Submitters: Upcoming File Location Change

CMS' RDS Center is changing the location to which Retiree and Cost Report files are sent via Connect:Direct.

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.

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.

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 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.

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