Frequently Asked Questions

We're here to answer any questions you might have.

Will my insurance pay for telegenetic services?

If one of our partner institutions referred you to us, your genetic counseling service might already be covered. Please contact us to learn more.

Some insurances do cover the cost of genetic counseling. We also offer self-pay rates for our patients.

Most insurance companies will cover the cost of a genetic lab test if it will improve a person’s medical care and they have a reasonable chance of having an inherited condition.

What is an inherited condition?

An inherited condition is a medical condition or a trait that can be passed down from parent to child. Genes are the instructions that our bodies use to grow and function. If one of these genes has a change in it, it cannot work correctly, which can put us at a higher risk for developing symptoms related to having a variation in that specific gene.

What questions are asked at a genetic counseling appointment?

Which relatives have had symptoms that may indicate an underlying genetic condition?

How old were they when they developed these symptoms?

What type of symptoms did they have?

Has anyone in the family had a diagnosis of a genetic condition?

Have they had genetic testing? If so, what were the results?

How can genetic counseling help me?

Based on your genetic test results, your doctor may want to offer specialized screening or management options to keep you healthy

You may want to consider ways to reduce the chance of developing symptoms related to specific genetic findings.

You could share information with your relatives so they can determine their own risk of developing certain genetic conditions and stay healthy.

What is the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act?

The Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA) is a federal law passed in 2008. It and other state laws help protect most people undergoing genetic testing against health insurance discrimination and employment discrimination.

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