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

This variable indicates whether there is cost sharing on any tiers in the deductible phase and, if so, whether the part D plan uses the same cost sharing in the deductible phase as in the Pre-ICL phase or if some other unspecified cost sharing is applied.


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)

CodeCode value
No Cost Sharing
Pre ICL Cost Sharing Applies to Selected Tiers
Not Applicable