The Center for Jewish Genetics’ carrier screening and education program is a subsidized genetic screening program now available on demand!
At this time we are only able to screen those who live in Illinois – if you live outside of Illinois, please contact the Center and we can help you find a local screening option.
You may also visit our local resources page to identify a genetic counseling service near you.
The Center was the first community screening program in the nation to exclusively use an advanced gene sequencing screening panel using saliva. This new gene sequencing test is the most advanced carrier screening option available and provides the same high detection rates as tests using a blood sample. The saliva sample allows us to provide you with high quality screening all from the privacy and comfort of your own home.
If we determine that you are not eligible for this program, we will provide you with an explanation and discuss your alternatives.
Cost of this screening
The Center for Jewish Genetics guarantees that your out of pocket cost will be no more than $199. Payment for the testing will come directly from the testing laboratory, Counsyl, after you provide your saliva sample. Counsyl will bill the cost of the testing to your insurance provider. Please visit Counsyl's price estimator and select family prep screen 2.0 to determine what your estimated out of pocket cost will be.
If you are ready to proceed, continue to the Center's consent form.
Otherwise, continue reading for more information.
Who is eligible?
The carrier screening and education program is tailored to men and women of Jewish descent and their partners, whether Jewish or not, in the state of Illinois. If you live outside of Illinois, please contact the Center regarding local screening options that may be available to you. Should an individual or couple not have sufficient insurance coverage for this testing, they will be eligible for subsidized screening. Insurance coverage for carrier screening tests varies greatly by company and plan, so please check with your insurer first.
How much does the program cost?
Screening for genetic disorders can be very expensive if it is not fully covered by insurance, with out-of-pocket costs as high as $4,000 or more per person, depending on co-payments and deductibles.
The Center is pleased to be able to offer screening at a maximum out of pocket rate of $199/person. If your insurance covers part of the testing, your costs may be even lower.
What does the program include?
You can complete the program in five easy steps:
- Complete your registration below.
- Complete a short online educational course that you can access at any time.
- Speak one-on-one with Center staff to address any remaining questions.
- Receive your saliva collection kit at home and send the completed test back to our lab partner.
- Get your results from the Center’s Genetic Counselor.
Does the program screen for BRCA or other cancer predisposition mutations?
No, the Center does not offer screening for cancer predisposition genes. For those with any family history of breast, ovarian, colon or other cancers, we recommend meeting with a genetic counselor to assess whether the cancer in their family is likely hereditary, and to discuss screening if appropriate. Feel free to contact the Center for referrals.
Is this program the same as Dor Yeshorim?
No. Participants in the Center’s carrier screening and education program receive their complete test results, whereas Dor Yeshorim only reports on compatibility between two individuals prior to engagement. Unlike Dor Yeshorim, the Center offers screening to everyone, regardless of relationship or pregnancy status. Also, the Center's screening panel includes many pan-ethnic disorders not included by Dor Yeshorim.