NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Veracyte today announced that private payor UnitedHealthcare has issued a positive medical coverage policy for the firm's molecular diagnostic test for thyroid cancer.

The decision by UHC, which covers about 27 million commercial members, pertains to Veracyte's Afirma Gene Expression Classifier for assessing thyroid nodule fine needle aspirate biopsies that are neither clearly benign nor malignant based on cytology review. The policy takes effect April 1.

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