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Will health insurance cover the costs of genetic testing?

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In many cases, health insurance plans will cover the costs of genetic testing when it is recommended by a person’s doctor. Health insurance providers have different policies about which tests are covered, however. A person interested in submitting the costs of testing may wish to contact his or her insurance company beforehand to ask about coverage.

Some people may choose not to use their insurance to pay for testing because the results of a genetic test can affect a person’s health insurance coverage. Instead, they may opt to pay out-of-pocket for the test. People considering genetic testing may want to find out more about their state’s privacy protection laws before they ask their insurance company to cover the costs. (Refer to What is genetic discrimination? for more information.)

For more information about insurance coverage of genetic testing:

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science provides a brief discussion of insurance coverage for genetic testingThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference..

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Published: February 18, 2013