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

This variable identifies which formulary tiers require beneficiary cost sharing during the Part D deductible phase.

The value contains a string of binary digits; each digit of the value indicates which tiers are on the formulary.


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

Employer and National Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) plans are waived from reporting Plan Benefit Package information.

For those plans that did not report, the value of this variable will be blank.

Source: CMS (HPMS Files)

Binary character string, where each digit is a 1 or 0, to accommodate each tier. Each position of the character string represents a tier. For example if the value=011000 (1s in the 2nd 3 digits), then cost-sharing applies to the 2nd and 3rd tiers of the formulary.
CodeCode value
1 in 1st digit
Tier 1
1 in 2nd digit
Tier 2
1 in 3rd digit
Tier 3
1 in 4th digit
Tier 4
1 in 5th digit
Tier 5
1 in 6th digit
Tier 6