People Are Seeing Benefits From Biomarker Testing, but Barriers to Coverage Remain
Biomarker testing is an important tool in cancer care, but a recent survey found payer coverage issues are creating access barriers. According to CancerCare, researchers found that biomarkers helped providers offer personalized care for various cancers for nearly all — 93% — respondents. Twenty percent of surveyed patients were able to forgo unneeded chemotherapy and/or radiation, while 10% found that they were eligible for a clinical trial.
However, the survey also found that 29% of people who had biomarker testing had insurance that did not cover it, prompting them to undergo appeals, obtain financial assistance or pay out of pocket for the service. In addition, 25% of patients said that their insurer required prior authorization (PA) for the process, a tactic that can delay access to treatment.