Demand Insurance Coverage for Breast Cancer Genetic Marker Testing

Tell Secretary Sebelius to adopt a legislation requiring insurance companies to provide coverage for BRCA gene mutation testing. 

Mutation of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes have been linked to the development of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, about 12% of women in the general population will develop breast cancer sometime during their lives, compared with about 60% of women who have inherited a harmful mutation in BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes. Genetic testing can reveal an inherited BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation.

Although insurance companies often cover genetic testing, coverage is not guaranteed. Take action today – urge Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to adopt legislation requiring insurance companies to cover genetic counseling and testing for the BRAC1 and BRAC2 mutations upon medical recommendation.”

Source: thebreastcancersite.greatergood.com

Susan Zager’s insight: All women who have a risk of carrying a BRCA gene mutation have a right to testing covered by insurance. SIGN today-IT’s easy and pre-written.

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