NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – CombiMatrix today announced that Blue Shield of California has agreed to provide coverage for its diagnostic laboratory services.

The insurer is the third largest in California with more than 3 million members, according to CombiMatrix and combined with the Irvine, Calif.-based firm's existing Multiplan contract, more than 60 million covered lives now have access to CombiMatrix's services, it said.

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