Announcements

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

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January 31, 2022 The New RDS Secure Website Launch Webinar Video Available!

On Friday, January 14, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS') Retiree Drug Subsidy (RDS) Center hosted The New RDS Secure Website Launch Webinar about the upcoming Secure Website Modernization initiative and how this project will impact the RDS Program. CMS’ RDS Center has published both a recording and a transcript of the Webinar.

January 6, 2022 RESCHEDULED! January 7 New RDS Secure Website Launch Webinar Postponed

Due to unforeseen circumstances the New RDS Secure Website Launch Webinar originally scheduled for January 7, 2022, has been postponed until Friday, January 14, 2022, from 2:00PM EST – 3:00PM EST. We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience. 

December 28, 2021 REMINDER: The New RDS Secure Website Launch Webinar

You’re invited! Join us on Friday Jan 14th, 2022 to learn about the changes that are coming to the Secure Website.

The New RDS Secure Website Launch Webinar is intended for all RDS participants with active Secure Website accounts, including Plan Sponsors and Vendors who use the RDS Secure Website. During the webinar, CMS’ RDS Center will discuss the major changes and enhancements that are coming to the new RDS Secure Website in early 2022. 

December 21, 2021 The Protecting Medicare and American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act extends the Suspension of Sequestration for the Retiree Drug Subsidy Program

S.610 - Protecting Medicare and American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act, enacted on December 10, 2021, further extends the ending date of the sequestration suspension period from December 31, 2021 to March 31, 2022, and further defines changes to the mandatory payment reduction percentage through Fiscal Year 2030.

December 21, 2021 RDS Reimagined: Last Sneak Peek!

As you saw in our first announcement, we’re redesigning the RDS Secure Website! Get excited, because we’re launching the new, modern Secure Website in early 2022!

We’d love to show you around the new site, so REGISTER for our Webinar on January 14th: The New RDS Secure Website Launch. We’ll review the biggest changes coming so you can feel comfortable and confident when the new site goes live.

December 8, 2021 RDS Reimagined: Take a Sneak Peek!

We’re redesigning the RDS Secure Website and will launch the new site in EARLY 2022! Please watch our short Sneak Peek videos to preview the new site and some of the new features.

November 23, 2021 RDS Reimagined: New Secure Website Coming April 15th!

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS') Retiree Drug Subsidy (RDS) Center has an exciting announcement for the user community: In the evening of Friday, April 15th, 2022, we are launching a brand new RDS Secure Website redesign! In preparation for the new Secure Website launch, CMS’ RDS Center will continue to provide users with up-to-date information.

November 23, 2021 The New RDS Secure Website Launch Webinar

You are invited to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) Retiree Drug Subsidy (RDS) Event: The New RDS Secure Website Launch Webinar on Friday, January 14, 2022 from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM. This event is intended for all RDS participants with active Secure Website accounts. During the webinar, CMS’ RDS Center will discuss the major enhancements and modifications being introduced with the release of the new RDS Secure Website, currently scheduled to go live early in 2022. 

October 1, 2021 RDS to Discontinue Support of Internet Explorer in Early 2022

Beginning on January 9th, 2022, CMS’ RDS Center will no longer support the Internet Explorer (IE) desktop application (browser). Google Chrome is now the default CMS browser.

July 30, 2021 Recap Article Now Available: Webinar Listening Session: Secure Website Modernization – Annual Plan Application & Payment Setup Demonstration

On Wednesday, June 23, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS') Retiree Drug Subsidy (RDS) Center hosted a Listening Session Webinar about the upcoming Secure Website Modernization initiative and how this project will impact the RDS Program. Demonstrations of the many of the new pages were presented to participants. Polling questions were asked to capture user feedback on the updated design and on the various educational support materials present in the Resource Library.

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