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Old 09-23-2012, 12:21 PM   #1
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Newer Afirma® Thyroid FNA Analysis

Have people been using this much yet? Finding their insurance will cover it? Sounds like a really good dx tool to help avoid some surgeries! I guess I'm not allowed to post links, so google "Genzyme and Veracyte Announce Expanded U.S. Availability of the Afirma® Thyroid FNA Analysis for Improved Thyroid Nodule Diagnosis"

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Old 09-24-2012, 10:21 AM   #2
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Re: Newer Afirma® Thyroid FNA Analysis

I was able to get an Afirma test before having diagnostic surgery, and it didn't even have to go to the genetic part of the test - their expert pathologist read the slides and said there was nothing to worry about!

And Medicare paid for it 100%.

My thyroid numbers were always normal. My lump was only found during a carotid artery scan. Your situation may be different, but I feel fortunate.

When I began to inquire about this, there were no docs in Oregon who had been through the training. I may have been one of the first to be tested here.

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Old 09-24-2012, 10:52 AM   #3
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Re: Newer Afirma® Thyroid FNA Analysis

Thank you for the feedback. I had read that Medicare was covering it, so it shouldn't be hard to get non-Medicare insurance to cover it. It's expensive, but I also read that for those on low income without insurance the company will work with you. Not sure what it means. If they say I need biopsy, I plan to pursue this.

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