Part D Retiree Drug Subsidy Indicator - January

SAS Name
RDS_IND_01

This variable indicates if the beneficiary was enrolled in an employer-sponsored prescription drug plan that qualified for Part D’s retiree drug subsidy (RDS) for a given month (January).

Comments

Some employers offer prescription drug plans to their retirees, and Part D pays a subsidy to plans that offer coverage that is equivalent to (or better than) conventional Part D benefits.
CMS does not collect PDEs for beneficiaries that are enrolled in RDS-eligible plans.
There are 12 monthly variables - where the 01 through 12 at the end of the variable name correspond with the month (e.g., 01 is January and 12 is December).

Some employers offer prescription drug plans to their retirees, and Part D pays a subsidy to plans that offer coverage that is equivalent to (or better than) conventional Part D benefits. CMS does not collect PDEs for beneficiaries that are enrolled in RDS-eligible plans.

There are 12 monthly variables - where the 01 through 12 at the end of the variable name correspond with the month (e.g., 01 is January and 12 is December).
Code Code value
Y Employer subsidized for the retired beneficiary
N No employer subsidization for the retired beneficiary
0 Not Medicare enrolled for the month
* Enrolled in Medicare A and/or B, but no Part D enrollment data for the beneficiary. (This status was indicated as 'X' for 2006-2009)