The California Prenatal Screening Program has now incorporated a “non-invasive prenatal testing” (NIPT)* screening option at no additional cost to patients. This option is only available to patients who elect to first proceed with State 1st or 2nd trimester screening. Patients who elect NIPT outside of the program, but in conjunction with State screening, will still be eligible for follow-up services through the State in the event of a positive NIPT result. It is important to note that if NIPT is performed outside of the California Prenatal Screening Program and negative results are returned, the patient will not be eligible for follow-up services through the State-funded program.
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*NIPT is marketed by four companies under the names Verifi, Panorama, Harmony, and MateriT21 plus.