NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Biodesix said today that it has received a positive coverage decision from Highmark, a Blue Cross Blue Shield affiliate, for its Veristrat lung cancer test.

With the decision, Veristrat, which is intended to help guide second-line treatment in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer, gains access to Highmark's membership of 5.3 million people, the fourth-largest membership among BCBS-affiliated companies.

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