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Did your Insurance cover the genetic testing of your biopsy?

I have Aetna and my 'indeterminate' pathology sample has been sent away for gene testing; I have Aetna, and though their payer policy states it is covered if criteria is met, I'm looking for some idea of how often they pay/don't pay and what the cost ended up being when they did not. Thanks! Lisa
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My insurance did not cover genetic testing, but I did not end up paying anything.  I don't know if there are other companies doing genetic testing for thyroid cancer than the Afirma/Veracyte, but that is what I used.

Even if you have insurance, if your insurance will not pay for the testing, and your income is under a certain level (I think it was income under 100K a year, but I could be off with that amount, this was 3 years ago for me), you can qualify for the Veracyte Access Program.  That's what I used and I ended up not having to pay anything.  If I'm recalling correctly, it was very easy to apply for the Veracyte Access Program, but I had to contact them using an email address on the website to apply for it.  I think maybe I had to mail in a tax return to verify I qualified.

It is beneficial to insurance companies to cover the genetic testing since if the test comes back benign, they will save a lot of money by not having to pay for an unnecessary thyroid surgery.  Hopefully your insurance will cover it.  Aetna is listed as an In-Network insurance plan on the Afirma website (but I know how that goes - my in-network hospital for my in-network thyroid surgery somehow had out-of-network pathology department that I then had to get them to approve).

If your insurance doesn't pay and you don't qualify for Veracyte Access Program, it looks like it costs around $4800 now.  But, I think it is likely that your insurance will pay for the test.
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