NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Exact Sciences today announced that Aetna will cover its Cologuard test under its Medicare Advantage plan, which serves 967,000 members across the country.

The three-year contract goes into effect on April 1, 2015, the Madison, Wis.-based molecular diagnostics firm said. Cologuard will be available to Aetna's Medicare Advantage members through their physician without a co-payment or co-insurance, Exact Sciences noted.

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