Both a Valid Initial Online Application and a Valid Initial Retiree List must be submitted prior to the expiration of the Application Deadline.
There are a couple of ways to verify that the Application Deadline has been met:
- On the Application Status page, there is a green check mark next to each of the nine steps in the Application Submission Process.
- The Application Status is "Approved" or "Submitted." When the Valid Initial Retiree List is submitted and the format is validated, the Valid Initial Retiree List Received Date displays in the Details box on the Application Status page. In the Application Submission Process, Step 9 is marked with a green check and the status is marked "Received" to indicate that the Valid Initial Retiree List has been received by CMS' RDS Center.
Note: An application does not need to be in an "Approved" status prior to the expiration of the Application Deadline. It can take CMS' RDS Center approximately 30 days to approve an application.