Genetic Counselor
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What Is a Genetic Counselor?

Genetic counselors are trained specialists who help others understand genetic information. A typical visit with a genetic counselor might include questions about your family history, discussion of treatment options if a mutation is found, or referrals to other resources for help.

These visits can be useful when deciding whether you should be tested, which genetic test is right for you, and what your results mean. Together, you and your counselor will decide if it’s appropriate for you or your family members to be tested.

Will My Insurance Cover Genetic Testing?

Most insurance policies cover testing for people who have had cancer or who have a family history of cancer. If you do not have insurance or testing is not covered by your insurance, some testing companies may cover the cost of testing. Medicare covers BRCA mutation testing for individuals who qualify based on several factors, including a family history of ovarian cancer.

Medicaid covers BRCA mutation testing depending on where you live. See whether your state qualifies.

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How Do I Find a Genetic Counselor?

Genetic counseling is an important first step to knowing your BRCA status. Your doctor can help you find a genetic counselor or you can use your zip code to easily find genetic counselors near you.

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There are other resources available to those looking for genetic information. If you’re looking for additional help finding a genetic counselor, you may want to consider using a telegenetic counseling service.

This is a service that can offer genetic counseling over the phone or through a video call on your computer. There are several places that offer telegenetic counseling, including these providers:

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