Employer & Union Retiree Drug Subsidy
The Retiree Drug Subsidy
The retiree drug subsidy (RDS) is one of several options available under Medicare that enables employers and unions to continue assisting their Medicare eligible retirees in obtaining more generous drug coverage. It is generally considered the easiest and most straightforward of the available options, and can often be implemented with little or no benefit design changes to current coverage. The primary web site for the RDS program, including the online tool for submitting subsidy applications, is hosted by the RDS Center (see link below under "Related Links Outside of CMS"). This page provides links to guidance and application instruction documents relating to the RDS, as well as overview documents.