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Act Now to Support Broader Access to Genetic Counseling

Genetic Counseling & Testing

Genetic counselors provide crucial information and expertise to anyone impacted by hereditary cancer. But, did you know that these experts are not approved Medicare practitioners? The "Access to Genetic Counselor Services Act" (H.R. 3235) aims to remedy this issue. Join FORCE and the National Society of Genetic Counselors to support coverage of genetic counseling for Medicare beneficiaries and expanded access to genetic counseling services. We recently joined over 240 in signing a letter in support of this legislation.

Genetic Counseling PhotoGenetic testing is an increasingly important and complex service that improves health care by enabling informed medical decisions. Genetic counselors are professionals with advanced training in medical genetics and counseling to interpret genetic test results, and to guide and support patients. their families, and their health care team(s). Unfortunately, current Medicare policy restricts access to these highly trained providers who can optimize the benefits of genetic testing.

Many private health plans and state Medicaid programs look to Medicare for guidance on what health services should be covered. As such, this legislation is also likely to improve access and coverage of genetic counseling beyond Medicare.

Read our blog to learn more about this issue. 

Contact your representative in the U.S. Congress and let them know why access to genetic counseling is important!

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12/14/2020 - Reached out to Hill leadership requesting that any end-of-year legislative package include a permanent extension of the 7.5% threshold for medical expense deductions. 

12/10/2020 - Joined over 300 national, state and community organizations in a letter to the Biden-Harris Transition Team urging the incoming administration to prioritize healthcare immediately upon taking office and outlining key priorities. 

12/9/2020 - Signed on to a letter asking Congressional leadership to include the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act (HR1570/S668) in the year-end legislative package, waiving Medicare coinsurance if polyps are found/removed during a colonoscopy screening.

11/17/2020 - Sent a letter to Texas legislators expressing support for genetic counselor licensure, an important mechanism to help patients and providers identify appropriately trained and qualified genetic counseling professionals.

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