Announcements

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

Date Title
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

April 30, 2020 Cost Threshold and Cost Limit Amounts for Plan Years Ending in 2021, and the Parameters for Medicare Part D Plans in 2021

On Monday, April 6, 2020 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 2021, as well as the parameters for Medicare Part D plans in 2021.

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).

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.

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