Read on to learn more about the Center's carrier screening and education program and click here for FAQs and more information on carrier screening.
Reaady to get screened now? Click Here to continue to the Center's Consent Form and follow the instructions to begin our online educational course.
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 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.
You can complete the program in five easy steps:
Otherwise, continue reading for more information.
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. You may also visit our resources page to identify a genetic counseling service near 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.
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.
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· Your estimated out of pocket costs is largely dependent on your yearly deductible and how much of that deductible you have met. If you have not met your deductible for the year then it is possible to receive a price estimate of up to $1,500 which is the cost of the testing.
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.
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.