Access to Genetic Counselor Services Act of 2018 (HR 7083, 115th Congress)

Policy Details

Policy Details

Originating Entity
Last Action
Referred to Committee
Date of Last Action
Oct 23 2018
Congressional Session
115th Congress
Date Introduced
Oct 23 2018
Publication Date
Nov 29 2018

SciPol Summary

Genetic counseling is a service which can give patients knowledge about how their genes could affect themselves or their families, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Genetic counseling can be an important facet of pregnancy, child care, and personal health management, as screenings can often detect for genetic conditions that could affect newborns, children, and the patients themselves.

The Access to Genetic Counselor Services Act of 2018 (HR 7083) would amend the Social Security Act to allow people covered under Medicare Part B (a provision of Medicare that covers medical services necessary to health conditions) to receive genetic counseling as part of their insurance plan. The bill aims to both increase access to these services (as they were not previously covered) and facilitate greater knowledge about genetic disorders and their prevention.

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