MAPD Help Desk
PPMedicare Advantage Prescription Drug (MAPD) Help Desk offers technical and functional support for the Medicare Advantage Health and Prescription Drug Coverage (Parts C and D) Programs. This insurance coverage is provided by:
- Medicare Advantage (MA) Plans.
- Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug (MAPD) Plans.
- Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (PDPs)
- Third parties conducting data exchanges with CMS on behalf of MA/MAPD/PDPs.
Technical Support for Plan Connectivity and Access:
- Startup, testing and implementation for connectivity to CMS systems.
- Ongoing operational support for data exchanges and system problems.
- IDM - Identity Management for CMS system access and password reset inquires and issues.
MAPD Functional Support for Inquires and Issues:
- Coordination with CMS for beneficiary enrollment, disenrollment, payment and premium topics.
- MARx UI - Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug User Interface.
- eRPT - Electronic Retroactive Processing transmission.
- ELMO - Eligibility Enrollment Medicare Online.
- COB - Coordination of Benefits files.
- PRIS Plan Portal - Payment Recovery Information System Medicare Parts C & D Plan Portal.
For helpful information about the following topics, please click the link:
- Remote Identity Proofing (RIDP) (PDF)
- Common MARx UI Login Errors (PDF)
- Registering MFA Devices Quick Reference Guide (QRG) (PDF)
Important Notice: MAPD Help Desk Information Request Documents
Please use the “MAPD Help Desk Information Request Form” when requesting information from the MAPD Help Desk. When supplying beneficiary information such as an SSN (Social Security Number) or an MBI (Medicare Beneficiary Identifier), the “SSN- MBI Spreadsheet” is required for any enrollment, entitlement, payment, or premium issues, and the “End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) SSN- MBI template” is required for any ESRD status update requests. Having the information in these documents will help facilitate accurate and timely processing of your request.
Please Note: If you are emailing in the spreadsheets, they are to be password protected (PDF) to ensure they are following the CMS Security Policy for PHI/PII.
All documents are provided in the Downloads section in the ZIP file entitled “MAPD Help Desk Information Request Documents”.
Bulletin Board of Current Plan Communications
- November 30, 2023 – November 2023 Plan Communications User Guide v17.4 Now Available
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has posted a new version (17.4) of the Plan Communications User Guide (PCUG) to the MAPD Help Desk website. Updates to the Guide include new Transaction Reply Code (TRC) 403-F and Special Election Period (SEP) reason codes: 42 & 43. Also, SEP reason codes: 23, 34, 95 & 96 were updated and the heading to the Election Type “S – Special Election Period (SEP)” Reason Code Table to reflect MA/MA-PD. Please see the Change Log at the beginning of the Guide for a detailed list of the updates and reference the MAPD Plan Communications User Guide page for the new PCUG.
- November 20, 2023 - MAPD Help Desk Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23, 2023
Please be advised that the MAPD Help Desk will be closed on Thursday, November 23, 2023 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The MAPD Help Desk will be open from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM (ET) the following day on Friday, November 24, 2023. The MAPD Help Desk will resume operating under its usual hours of 8:00 AM through 6:00 PM (ET) on Monday, November 27, 2023.
- October 31, 2023 – October 2023 Plan Communications User Guide v17.3 Now Available
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has posted a new version (17.3) of the Plan Communications User Guide (PCUG) to the MAPD Help Desk website. Updates to the Guide include the addition of codes 345, 346 & 347 to the Daily Transition Reply Report (DTRR) Detail Record, updated verbiage to codes 289, 345, 346 & 347 in the Eligibility and Enrollment Transaction Reply Codes table and an updated Payment Information form. Please see the Change Log at the beginning of the Guide for a detailed list of the updates and reference the MAPD Plan Communications User Guide page for the new PCUG.
- August 31, 2023 – Year 2024 MARx Plan Monthly Calendar Now Available
The MARx Plan Monthly Calendar has been updated to reflect 2024 Plan data due dates, report release dates, enrollment certification due dates, and file transmissions. The 2024 MARx calendar is available for Plans to review via the MAPD/MARx Calendars and Schedules link.
At the end of each year, the MAPD Help Desk issues the MARx Monthly Calendar for the coming year. The calendar is available in the Downloads section in both a color and plain text format and identifies the following dates:
- CMS Holidays
- MARx Monthly Reports Available
- Plan Submission Cut-Off
- Payment due to Plan
- Annual Election Period Begin and End dates
- Plan Submission Cut-Off
- Payment due to Plan
- MA Full-Dual Notification File (transmitted only to MA Organizations and Cost Plans)
- Biweekly LIS Report
- NoRx File
Quick Reference Guide (QRG) MAPD Help Desk Common Issues
The MAPD Help Desk receives thousands of inquiries each month and in an effort to better assist our growing user community, we have consolidated information regarding issues we most commonly support. Please refer to the Quick Reference Guide of MAPD Help Desk Common Issues in the download section below which provides users with easy access to common issues and solutions in a quick and easy format.
Topics covered include:
- Initial Setup
- Remote Identity Proofing (RIDP)
- Account Issues
- Important Notice: MAPD Help Desk Information Request Documents
Please use the MAPD Help Desk Information Request Form, and when applicable the Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) – Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) Template, and the End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Template when requesting information from the MAPD Help Desk. Use of the form and spreadsheets will help facilitate accurate and timely processing of your request. Please note that if emailing the spreadsheets they are to be password protected to ensure they are following the CMS Security Policy for PHI/PII.
All documents are provided in the Downloads section in the ZIP file entitled MAPD Help Desk Information Request Documents.
Regularly Scheduled Maintenance
As a reminder, the MARx UI may be unavailable due to Regularly Scheduled Maintenance during the following timeframes:
Daily: 11:00 PM to 12:30 AM ET.
Weekly: Sunday evening at 6:00 PM to Monday morning at 6:00 AM ET.
Also, GENTRAN/TIBCO may be unavailable due to Weekly System Backup during the following timeframe:
Weekly: Sunday Morning at 1:00 AM to approximately 3:00 AM ET.
The MAPD Help Desk is closed on New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
MARx UI Submission Cut Off Dates
Please reference the following table for the upcoming 2023 Plan Data Due dates for MARx transaction submissions. Cutoff for the submission of MARx transaction files is 8:00 PM (Eastern Time) on the dates listed below:
|Payment Month||Plan Data Due Date|
|January 2023||December 2, 2022|
|February 2023||January 6, 2023|
|March 2023||February 3, 2023|
|April 2023||March 3, 2023|
|May 2023||April 7, 2023|
|June 2023||May 5, 2023|
|July 2023||June 2, 2023|
|August 2023||July 7, 2023|
|September 2023||August 4, 2023|
|October 2023||September 8, 2023|
|November 2023||October 6, 2023|
|December 2023||November 3, 2023|
|January 2024||December 8, 2023|
|February 2024||January 5, 2024|
Contacting the MAPD Help Desk
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM ET.
eRPT Plan User Manual (PDF)
Update to Reporting Beneficiaries Identified within a Drug Management Program (DMP) in MARx (PDF)
Quick Reference Guide (QRG) MAPD Help Desk Common Issues (PDF)
MARx UI-Portal Integration Quick Reference Guide (PDF)
MAPD Help Desk Information Request Documents.zip (ZIP)
How to Password Protect or Encrypt a Document Guide (PDF)
Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) Low Income Subsidy (LIS) FAQs (PDF)
CMS Payment Information Form - Certified (PDF)