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NEW YORK – UnitedHealthcare on Tuesday updated its medical policy to cover noninvasive prenatal testing for pregnant women with an average risk for carrying babies with trisomies 21, 18, and 13.

The Minnetonka, Minnesota-based insurer, the largest private health insurer in the US, had previously covered NIPT testing only for high-risk pregnancies. The change takes effect on Jan. 1, 2021.

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