Insurance companies like Aetna, Anthem, and Cigna refuse covering genetic cancer testing

April 12, 2015 4:52 PM

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Following the announcement that 39-year-old Jolie performed double mastectomy and also had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed in order to beat the mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes that predisposed her to high risks of breast and ovarian cancers, many women are now going for genetic testing and screening that will determine if they had such mutations so as to detect early signs of cancers.

But major insurance companies including Aetna, Anthem, and Cigna are balking from paying for the family of tests, known as multi-gene panel tests, as produced by the “Angelina Effect” which is fallout of the crusades of Jolie for early detection.

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