Does Medicare cover prenatal paternity testing?

Does Medicare cover prenatal paternity testing?

Medicare does not cover prenatal paternity testing because it is not a medically necessary procedure.

According to the Medicare glossary, medically necessary refers to:

Health care services or supplies needed to diagnose or treat an illness, injury, condition, disease, or its symptoms and that meet accepted standards of medicine.

In other words, Medicare only helps pay for what is absolutely needed to help treat an injury, illness, or other medical condition.

Prenatal paternity testing is performed when there is a query surrounding an unborn baby’s paternity. The non-invasive test is completely safe and there is no risk of miscarriage or harm to the baby. It can be a stressful time and that is why AlphaBiolabs can perform this test after only 8 weeks’ gestation (or 6 weeks after conception). The test costs $975 with results in 7–8 working days.

Quick, accurate and confidential

Prenatal paternity testing works by analyzing a blood sample from the mother because the baby’s DNA can be found within her bloodstream. The sample of blood is taken from the mother’s arm, so there is no risk at all to the baby, unlike alternatives which involve extracting samples of embryonic fluid from the womb. A simple mouth swab is all that is needed from the alleged father to collect DNA-containing cheek cells.

Our DNA scientists study the DNA samples to work out which half of the baby’s DNA is inherited from the mother and which is from the father. They will then be able to ascertain whether the father and baby are biologically related.

You can order a prenatal DNA test online. If you have any further questions, please call AlphaBiolabs on 727-325-2902 or email info@alphabiolabsusa.com.