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Stand Up for Access to Independent Genetic Counseling Services by Supporting S.1450 / H.R.2144 – the Access to Genetic Counselor Services Act of 2021

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Does it Run in the Family? How to Gather the Health Info You Need

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GSF Intern Reflects on Learning in the Time of Covid

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“How to Spit” A guide on how to provide a saliva sample for genetic testing

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Must-Reads for Women with Hereditary Cancer Risk

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Genetic Counseling in the Time of Covid

Genetic Counseling

Stand Up for Access to Independent Genetic Counseling Services by Supporting S.1450 / H.R.2144 – the Access to Genetic Counselor Services Act of 2021

Hello Genetic Support Foundation friends, followers and family! Genetic counseling services are not yet recognized for reimbursement by Medicare. As genetic technology expands and holds promise to improve health for all people, Medicare recognition is perhaps the single most important action to be taken that could ensure people have access to independent genetic counseling services. …

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Does it Run in the Family? How to Gather the Health Info You Need

Family health history is one of the most important ways to understand the likelihood of future health developments. While gathering this information is recommended, it’s not always easy.  Compiling this information allows doctors and other healthcare professionals to see the bigger picture of health patterns that can be related to genetic and hereditary conditions. With …

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“How to Spit” A guide on how to provide a saliva sample for genetic testing

You’ve just received your very own saliva collection kit- congratulations! Now you’re left with the somewhat daunting task of providing a sample. Set aside etiquette concerns and start thinking about your favorite meal or snack- let’s get those saliva glands into full gear! Step 1: Nothing by mouth for 30 minutes I hope you read …

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Genetic Counseling in the Time of Covid

If two months ago someone would have told me where we are today, I would have never believed them. Businesses are shuttered, surgeries canceled and postponed indefinitely, standard-of-care medical treatments being suspended or delayed, people attending important medical appointments and learning life-changing information without the support of a loved one. It is stunning how much …

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Help Ensure Access to Independent Genetic Counseling Services: Support HR 3235 

I’m writing today to ask for your help in showing support for H.R.3235 – the Access to Genetic Counselor Services Act of 2019. This Act, if passed, would allow for genetic counselors to be reimbursed for medically necessary genetic counseling services under part B of the Medicare program. The Problem Genetic counselors have advanced training and …

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Hereditary Risks for Triple Negative Breast Cancer

March 3 is Triple Negative Breast Cancer Day, so we want to discuss the important association of a breast cancer susceptibility gene (BRCA1) and Triple Negative Breast Cancer.  Changes (or mutations) in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes can predispose to a higher risk for some types of cancer, including breast, ovarian cancer, prostate, and pancreatic …

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The Changing Landscape of Genetic Counseling

The landscape of the genetic counselor workforce has shifted dramatically in recent years, in large part due to new opportunities for genetic counselors in genetic testing laboratory settings. According to the Professional Status Survey conducted by the National Society of Genetic Counselors, the number of genetic counselors who report a laboratory as their primary work setting …

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