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NPR reports that government and private insurers are being slow to cover recently approved CAR-T cell therapies.

The report states that using NIPD for trisomy 21 in high-risk women could "probably reduce" the total number of invasive tests though the data is incomplete.

Cigna is the first national private payor to provider coverage for the Decipher tests, which provide a genomic assessment of tumor aggressiveness.

The Center for Genomic Interpretation and NSGC want payors to cover confirmatory testing for patients with positive results from 23andMe's FDA-cleared test.

CMS will reimburse FoundationOne CDx at a rate of $3,500 per test for a nine-month period starting July 1.

The company presented new data on the PGx test this week and expressed confidence that they can secure broader payor coverage for it.

The coverage decisions follow similar decisions by Blue Shield of California and First Coast Service Options last year.

The payor published positive medical policy coverage for the ThyGenX and ThyraMir assays for thyroid nodules deemed indeterminate by standard cytopathological analysis.

The final determination also adds coverage for FDA-approved tests in stage III patients, and for repeat testing if patients receive a new primary diagnosis.

Interpace said that its two thyroid tests are now covered for over 280 million patients nationwide including Medicare, Medicare Advantage, and national and regional health plans.

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A UK woman is suing three National Health Service Trusts for not telling her about her father's Huntington's disease diagnosis, the BBC reports.

LiveScience reports that a novel mutation in the LPL gene was uncovered in three siblings with very high triglyceride levels.

The president of Nankai University is embroiled in a data manipulation scandal, the South China Morning Post reports.

In PNAS this week: cytotoxic CD4 T cell signature in supercentenarians, evolutionary history of beetles, and more.