Updated on February 10, 2023

This data is meant to be used for educational purposes to inform providers, patients, insurers, and state Medicaid agencies what genetic services may or may not be written into each state’s Medicaid policy. The database is not meant to indicate or imply whether a certain program will cover a specific service, since many decisions are made on a case by case basis. If you have specific questions about whether a service is covered, you should reach out to your plan administrator. Please see this disclaimer below for more information.

Medicaid Coverage Information Published


State Contact Information

Lynnette Rhodes
Georgia Department of Community Health, Medicaid
(404) 656-4507

General Genetic Testing Criteria

Molecular Diagnostic Testing
Procedure codes in the range 81500-81512, 87481 and 87798 when greater than one unit of service is required and when medical necessity supports the procedures that normally receive a National Correct Coding Initiative exception will be considered for payment.

Genetic Testing Not Covered

The list below represents common procedures and settings in which services are non-covered. This list is not meant to be exhaustive but is indicative of non- covered services:

  1. Procedures completed in laboratories operated as a part of a physician’s private office (described in the Policies and Procedures for Physician Services);
  2. Procedures completed in laboratories providing services to hospital patients, operating on the premises of a hospital that meets the definition of an emergency hospital (described in the Policies and Procedures for Hospital Services);
  3. Procedures referred to another testing facility;
  4. Experimental services or procedures or those not recognized by the United States Public Health Service as universally accepted procedures;
  5. Procedures deleted from previous and current editions of the CPT and those shown as “Unlisted Procedure” which end in “99”;
  6. Professional interpretation for procedures normally interpreted by an attending practitioner; g) Services and/or procedures performed without regard to the policies contained in this manual;
  7. Services provided free-of-charge to Medicaid members by state or public laboratories;
  8. The collection and handling of specimens sent to an independent laboratory for further distribution to another testing facility;
  9. Laboratory test procedures included in the dialysis facility’s composite rate;
  10. Specimen collection and or handling fee (Venipuncture or Catherized Urine);
  11. Services for which the performing provider does not have appropriate CLIA certification; or
  12. Reimbursement for more than twenty-five multiple drug screens per member per fiscal year.

State Specific Definition

Genetic Services for Children

Genetic Counseling Requirement

Metabolic Formula Coverage Legislation

Metabolic Formula Coverage & Criteria

Prior Authorization Requirements

A request for prior approval must be submitted at least one week prior to the planned laboratory test. Laboratory tests performed prior to receipt of an approved request may risk denial of reimbursement. Failure to obtain required prior authorization shall result in denial of reimbursement.

Prior Authorization Forms

Fee Schedule

BRCA Testing Coverage

Coverage is available.

Requirements for BRCA

Genetic Testing: CareSource will review for medical necessity and approve genetic testing based on all of the criteria below found under ONE of the following situations:

  • Published MCG policy with endorsed inclusion criteria meeting all of the following:
    • Documentation of an assessment based on the relevant MCG Guideline AND
    • The quality, safety, statistical validity, and clinical validity is scientifically supported in medical literature as endorsed by inclusion criteria of the relevant MCG Guideline AND
    • Genetic counseling has been performed, as indicated by documentation supporting ALL of the following items listed below:
      • Counseling is provided by a healthcare professional (as defined below) with education and training in genetic issues relevant to the genetic tests under consideration, AND
      • Counselor is free of commercial bias and discloses all (potential and real) financial and intellectual conflicts of interest, AND
      • Process involves individual or family and is comprised of ALL of the following:
        • Calculation and communication of genetic risks after obtaining 3-generation family history AND
        • Discussion of natural history of condition in question, including role of heredity AND
        • Discussion of possible impacts of testing (e.g., psychological, social, limitations of nondiscrimination statutes) AND
        • Discussion of possible test outcomes (i.e., positive, negative, variant of uncertain significance) AND
        • Explanation of potential benefits, risks, and limitations of testing AND
        • Explanation of purpose of evaluation (e.g., to confirm, diagnose, or exclude genetic condition) AND
        • Identification of medical management issues, including available prevention, surveillance, and treatment options and their implications
        • Written documentation that the patient has provided informed consent to the testing as evidenced by a statement detailing how the test results will affect the patient’s medical management


Cystic Fibrosis Screening

Hereditary Cancer Testing Coverage

Yes; same requirements as for BRCA.

Lynch Syndrome Testing Coverage

Yes; same requirements as for BRCA.

Microarray Testing

Newborn Screening

<p>Georgia Medicaid does not expressly cover newborn screening. Testing will occur regardless of a person’s ability to pay.</p>

Panel Testing

Pharmacogenetic Testing

Prenatal Testing Offered

Whole Exome Sequencing

Other Tests Covered

Other Information

Georgia Breast Cancer Genomics Project


  • Provider Manual, DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT SERVICES, Policy 1109 Nutritional Therapy or Supplementation Services
  • Georgia Breast Cancer Genomics Project
  • Newborn Screening:
  • Medicaid Information
  • Independent Lab Manual
Newborn Screening Reimbursement


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