NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – XDx said this week that health insurer Cigna has issued a positive coverage decision for XDx's AlloMap Molecular Expression Testing for potential heart transplant rejection.

The policy, which took effect immediately, applies to about 13.8 million lives covered by Cigna. Barry Kane, senior director of finance and reimbursement at XDx, said the firm is "particularly pleased" that Cigna is formally covering AlloMap for patients six months to five years post-heart transplant.

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