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This variable is the unique plan benefit package (PBP) number for the plan sponsor's contract. CMS assigns an identifier to each PBP within a contract that a plan sponsor has with CMS. This was the Plan ID for the plan in 2015. It may or may not be the same as the Plan ID in the reference year (2016).

This field is a key that links the plan sponsor's contract and plan identifiers.

This variable is the unique plan benefit package (PBP) number for the plan sponsor's contract. CMS assigns an identifier to each PBP within a contract that a plan sponsor has with CMS. This was the Plan ID for the plan in 2016. It may or may not be the same as the Plan ID in the reference year (2017).

This field is a key that links the plan sponsor's contract and plan identifiers.

This variable is the unique plan benefit package (PBP) number for the plan sponsor's contract. CMS assigns an identifier to each PBP within a contract that a plan sponsor has with CMS. This was the Plan ID for the plan in 2015 (the reference year). It may or may not be the same as the Plan ID in the prior year (2014).

This field is a key that links the plan sponsor's contract and plan identifiers.

This variable is the unique plan benefit package (PBP) number for the plan sponsor's contract. CMS assigns an identifier to each PBP within a contract that a plan sponsor has with CMS. This was the Plan ID for the plan in 2016 (the reference year). It may or may not be the same as the Plan ID in the prior year (2015).

This field is a key that links the plan sponsor's contract and plan identifiers.

This variable is the unique plan benefit package (PBP) number for the plan sponsor's contract. CMS assigns an identifier to each PBP within a contract that a plan sponsor has with CMS. This was the Plan ID for the plan in 2017 (the reference year). It may or may not be the same as the Plan ID in the prior year (2016).

This field is a key that links the plan sponsor's contract and plan identifiers.

This variable is the name of the plan benefit package (PBP) for the plan sponsor's contract.

This variable is the unique Part D contract identifier for the beneficiary’s Part D plan of record for the year. CMS assigns an identifier to each contract that a Part D plan has with CMS.

If the beneficiary was enrolled in more than one plan during the year, this is the contract number for the Part D plan in which the beneficiary was enrolled at the end of the year.

The first character of the plan contract ID is a letter representing the type of plan.

This variable indicates whether any excluded drugs are part of the Part D plan's supplemental coverage (e.g., benzodiapines, barbiturates).  

Indicates whether or not the Part D plan pays for Over-the-Counter medications (OTCs) under the Utilization Management Program.

This variable is the date the Part D plan sponsor began offering the particular plan benefit package.

Indicates whether or not the Part D plan offers free generic drugs.

Indicates reduced cost sharing applies to the Initial Coverage Limit by offering an ICL that is higher than the year's predefined standard ICL amount. 

Indicates whether or not this Part D plan offers limited benefits above the initial coverage limit. This benefit is not considered Gap coverage.

Indicates whether or not beneficiaries enrolled in this Part D plan are able to purchase drugs in all 50 states.

This variable indicates whether the plan offers reduced Part D cost-sharing as part of its supplemental Part D benefit.

This variable indicates whether the plan offers reduced cost sharing in the deductible phase of the Part D benefit.

This variable indicates whether the plan offers reduced cost sharing in the post out-of-pocket threshold (catastrophic) phase of the Part D benefit.

This variable indicates whether the plan offers reduced cost sharing applies to the pre-Initial Covearge Limit (ICL) phase of the Part D benefit.

This variable is the name of the plan sponsor's marketing name for the organization.

This variable is the name of the parent organization for the plan, if applicable.

Indicates whether or not the Part D plan limits access to any drugs to certain specialty pharmacies.

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