The National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) advocates for policies that promote appropriate patient access to board-certified genetic counselors as part of a high quality, cost-effective healthcare model. Genetic counselors are uniquely trained healthcare providers who deliver genetic risk assessment, provide comprehensive genetic counseling, and ensure the appropriate utilization of genetic tests; yet they are not recognized providers by all payers, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
All health plans should provide access to these essential services to improve patient care and reduce barriers to health equity. NSGC urges the enactment of federal legislation that would designate board-certified genetic counselors as practitioners by CMS.
(Adopted 2011; Reaffirmed March 2018; Revised November 2022)
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