Find out if your insurance plan will cover genetic testing — many insurance plans do. The 2008 Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) protects against discrimination by health insurance plans based on an individual’s genetic information. However, if you're still concerned about your privacy, you may pay for the testing yourself and submit your blood sample under a code number or an assumed name. If you opt for the latter, choose a name you can remember easily — and stick to it. In addition, GINA does not extend to life insurance, so securing life insurance coverage prior to genetic testing is suggested.
This Online Ordering and Tracking System is specifically designed to enhance communication between a patient, his or her physician and the Carver Lab. Key to this new process is an Online Test Requisition form. While any and all tests must be ordered through a referring physician, the patient will be able to, for the first time, walk away from an appointment with a unique, confidential “Identifier” – a computer generated number assigned which will allow the patient, and his or her physician, to keep close track of the status of a test. From the day a blood sample arrives in the Lab, to the day a test result report is forwarded to the referring physician, the status of a genetic test in progress is now available online.