Gillian Hooker on HR3235


Chapters:

1:00 What’s the status of HR3235?

5:45 Why did ACMG come out against the bill?

9:10 ACMG’s position is short sighted because it doesn’t take into account the enormous health disparities we are facing that affect access to genetic testing.

13:00 Will NSGC and ACMG find common ground?

16:00 A distraction from the larger issue: how to increase access.

22:00 Why licensure does not replace the need for HR3235.

23:15 Boycotting the ACMG annual meeting?

“It’s been a crazy time,” says Gillian Hooker, of the first 5 weeks of her year as President of the National Society of Genetic Counselors. NSGC is attempting to rally support around HR3235, a long-discussed and long-promised federal bill that would permit CMS to recognize genetic counselors as medical caregivers for the purposes of billing, that FINALLY made it to Congress in 2019. A possible wrench in the gears? ACMG announced last month that it cannot support the bill as written.

Why not? Will it matter?

Gillian comes on The Beagle to answer our burning questions (and to tell us to play nice…).