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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 knowledgeable providers are not approved Medicare practitioners? The Access to Genetic Counselor Services Act (H.R. 2144/S. 1450) 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.

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.

Contact your elected officials and let them know why access to genetic counseling is important!

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11/28/2022 - Asked congressional leadership to include the Access to Genetic Counselor Services Act (H.R.2144/S.1450) in a year-end legislative package so that Medicare beneficiaries can better access genetic counseling services.

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