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
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 3, 2019 October 3, 2019
January 1, 2020 October 2, 2019 November 1, 2019
February 1, 2020 November 4, 2019 December 4, 2019
March 1, 2020 December 2, 2019 January 2, 2020
April 1, 2020 January 2, 2020 February 3, 2020
May 1, 2020 January 31, 2020 March 2, 2020
June 1, 2020 March 2, 2020 April 1, 2020
July 1, 2020 April 1, 2020 May 1, 2020
August 1, 2020 May 4, 2020 June 3, 2020
September 1, 2020 June 2, 2020 July 2, 2020
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