Announcements

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

Date Title
March 12, 2015 New RDS Welcome Kit Vendor Resources and Common Questions

CMS' RDS Center has updated the RDS Welcome Kit with two new Vendor-related resources. Additionally, new questions and answers have been added to the Appealing an Initial Determination section of the Common Questions.

March 27, 2015 CMS' RDS Center Help Line Telephone Support Discontinued

Telephone support through CMS' RDS Center Help Line has been discontinued.

April 10, 2015 Cost Threshold and Cost Limit Amounts for Plan Years Ending in 2016, and the Parameters for Medicare Part D Plans in 2016

On Monday, April 6, 2015 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 years that end in 2015, as well as the parameters for Medicare Part D plans in 2016.

June 11, 2015 Coming Soon – Removal of Authorized Representative Verification Requirement

Currently, as a condition of requesting Retiree Drug Subsidy (RDS) payments, Plan Sponsors are required to submit an Authorized Representative Verification form to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS') RDS Center acknowledging that the Authorized Representative listed on the application has the legal authority to bind the Plan Sponsor to the terms of the Plan Sponsor Agreement.

June 11, 2015 RDS User Guide Updated - Avoid an Overpayment at Reconciliation

CMS' RDS Center has added a new Avoid an Overpayment at Reconciliation section to the RDS User Guide.

July 17, 2015 Maintain Active User Accounts to Receive Payment

CMS' RDS Center will not make payments to a Plan Sponsor if the Authorized Representative or Account Manager has an inactive RDS Secure Website user account.

July 17, 2015 Prepare Now - Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Period (OEP) is Approaching

The Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Period (October 15 - December 7) is quickly approaching. OEP can have a significant impact on your ability to receive subsidy for a covered retiree.

August 15, 2015 Authorized Representative Verification Requirement Removed

Previously, in order to receive Retiree Drug Subsidy (RDS) payment, Plan Sponsors were required to submit an Authorized Representative Verification Form to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to verify that the Authorized Representative listed on the application has the legal authority to bind the Plan Sponsor to the terms of the Plan Sponsor Agreement.

September 4, 2015 Meet Your 2016 Application Deadline: Tips for Success

September and October are the busiest months for RDS Plan Sponsors preparing their annual applications.

November 11, 2015 Coming Soon – New RDS Secure Website Functionality and Communications

CMS' RDS Center will soon be implementing changes to the RDS Secure Website and in the communications process when making payments.

Page last updated: April 01, 2016