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The final decision includes some changes, most notably removing requirements for guideline inclusion, but retains its technical performance benchmarks.
The partners will also collaborate on a study, to be peer reviewed, that will evaluate how insurance coverage of WGS affects patient care and healthcare costs.
Aetna's move comes at a time when a number of insurers including UnitedHealthcare have begun offering coverage of NIPT for average-risk pregnancies.
Several analysts said that the decision by UHC, the largest private payor in the US, will especially benefit Natera.
A National Society of Genetic Counselors panel discussed whether healthcare providers are ready for whole-genome sequencing to be adopted as a first-line test.
The firm said it will dispute the claim of overpayment and will separately negotiate with the undisclosed payor for in-network status.
As a result of the expanded coverage, Natera said it believes there are currently 139 million people covered in the US for average risk NIPT.
The agency issued a new draft decision memo, outlining various criteria it intends to apply when determining coverage for current and future blood-based CRC screening tests.
Myriad Genetics' EndoPredict, Agendia's MammaPrint (distributed in Germany by PathoNext), and Veracyte's Prosigna will now be covered by public insurance.
Natera said that the expanded coverage by Centene will add 24 million people for whom the Panorama noninvasive prenatal test will be covered.
Politico notes that the Biden Administration has not yet nominated a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner.
Anthony Fauci also informed the World Health Organization executive board that the US would be joining the COVAX initiative, according to CNBC.
A new preprint suggests some SARS-CoV-2 variants could affect the effectiveness of current vaccines, the Associated Press reports.
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