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This variable is contained in the following files: Plan Characteristics File
SAS Name

This variable is the identifier for the geographic market segment covered by the plan.


You need to know both the contract number and plan benefit package identification number (variables called CONTRACT_ID and PLAN_ID) in order to identify the specific plan benefit package offered to beneficiaries in the particular market segments.

The CCW constructs the Plan Characteristics File from information submitted by plan sponsors to CMS’s Health Plan Management System (HPMS).

Source: CMS (HPMS Files)

3-digit number