Illinois Medicaid program to cover genetic test for breast cancer
Chicago Tribune, October 14, 2008
Illinois' Medicaid program has decided to cover a genetic test for the first time. The state will now pay for BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene tests and genetic counseling for low-income women considered at high risk of developing hereditary breast or ovarian cancer. The test identifies mutations on the BRCA genes that significantly increase a woman's chance of getting cancer.