Important Application Deadline Information

A Retiree Drug Subsidy (RDS) Application consists of both a Valid Initial Online Application and a Valid Initial Retiree List. To submit a timely RDS Application for a given Plan Year, a Plan Sponsor must submit a Valid Initial Online Application AND a Valid Initial Retiree List prior to the expiration of the Application Deadline. A Plan Sponsor Application that fails to meet these requirements is not timely and the Plan Sponsor receives a notification that the Application has been denied.

Please note that a Plan Sponsor may choose to submit a Valid Initial Retiree List to CMS' RDS Center using one of the following methods:

  • RDS Secure Website to RDS Center
  • Vendor Mainframe to the RDS Center Mainframe
  • CMS' Coordination of Benefits (COB) contractor using Voluntary Data Sharing Agreement (VDSA) or Mandatory Insurer Reporting (MIR)
  • Plan Sponsor Mainframe to the RDS Center Mainframe

Regardless of how a Plan Sponsor elects to submit a Valid Initial Retiree List to CMS' RDS Center, a Valid Initial Online Application AND a Valid Initial Retiree List must be submitted by the Application Deadline to constitute a timely RDS Application.

The following table provides Application Deadlines for those Plan Sponsors with an Application that specifies a Plan Year that starts on the first day of the month.

NOTE: After the Authorized Representative signs the Plan Sponsor Agreement in the RDS Secure Website, a page displays that confirms the Plan Sponsor Agreement has been signed and the Valid Initial Online Application has been submitted. CMS' RDS Center strongly recommends that you print that page for your records.

If your Plan Year starts on a date other than the first day of the month, you may contact CMS' RDS Center to confirm your Application Deadline date.

Upcoming RDS Application Deadlines
Plan Year Start Date Application Deadline Application Deadline When a 30-day Extension Has Been Granted
October 1, 2020 July 2, 2020 August 3, 2020
November 1, 2020 August 3, 2020 September 2, 2020
December 1, 2020 September 1, 2020 October 1, 2020
January 1, 2021 October 2, 2020 November 2, 2020
February 1, 2021 November 2, 2020 December 2, 2020
March 1, 2021 November 30, 2020 December 30, 2020
April 1, 2021 December 31, 2020 February 1, 2021
May 1, 2021 February 1, 2021 March 3, 2021
June 1, 2021 March 2, 2021 April 1, 2021
July 1, 2021 April 1, 2021 May 3, 2021
August 1, 2021 May 3, 2021 June 2, 2021
September 1, 2021 June 2, 2021 July 2, 2021
October 1, 2021 July 2, 2021 August 2, 2021
November 1, 2021 August 2, 2021 September 1, 2021
December 1, 2021 September 1, 2021 October 1, 2021