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
August 1, 2018 May 2, 2018 June 1, 2018
September 1, 2018 June 4, 2018 July 5, 2018
October 1, 2018 July 2, 2018 August 1, 2018
November 1, 2018 August 2, 2018 September 4, 2018
December 1, 2018 September 4, 2018 October 4, 2018
January 1, 2019 October 2, 2018 November 1, 2018
February 1, 2019 November 2, 2018 December 3, 2018
March 1, 2019 November 30, 2018 December 31, 2018
April 1, 2019 December 31, 2018 January 30, 2019
May 1, 2019 January 30, 2019 March 1, 2019
June 1, 2019 March 4, 2019 April 3, 2019
July 1, 2019 April 1, 2019 May 1, 2019
August 1, 2019 May 2, 2019 June 3, 2019
September 1, 2019 June 3, 2019 July 3, 2019
October 1, 2019 July 2, 2019 August 1, 2019
November 1, 2019 August 2, 2019 September 3, 2019
December 1, 2019 September 2, 2019 October 2, 2019