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NEW YORK – Germany's publicly funded health insurance plans to pay for noninvasive prenatal testing for fetal trisomies under limited circumstances, likely starting at the end of next year.

According to a final decision made today by the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA), the authority that makes coverage decisions for Germany's government-funded health insurance, NIPT for trisomies 21, 18, or 13 will be covered in "justified individual cases" and after counseling by a doctor that uses information for patients provided by the insurance.    

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