TELL HAYES, INC: IT'S TIME FOR ALL PREGNANT WOMEN IN ARIZONA TO HAVE ACCESS TO NON-INVASIVE PRENATAL TESTING (NIPT)
In October 2020, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) officially updated its prenatal screening guidelines to recommend that all pregnant women have access to the safest, most accurate prenatal genetic screening tests: non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT). But Hayes Inc. -- which claims to be “committed to advancing healthcare through fiercely unbiased research, scientifically rigorous reporting, and expert assessments of the clinical evidence behind new and emerging health technologies” -- has yet to follow these latest guidelines from ACOG and other leading medical societies.
Arizona’s state Medicaid program won’t grant NIPT access to all deserving mothers until Hayes changes their policies.
By failing to update their guidelines around NIPT, Hayes is failing Arizona’s pregnant mothers -- particularly those who receive Medicaid benefits. While most private insurers provide NIPT coverage to all Arizonan women regardless of risk factors, women covered under our state’s Medicaid system – who are overwhelmingly Black, Hispanic, or Native – continue to face restricted access to the screening test. Arizona will continue to restrict NIPT access to mothers deemed “high-risk” -- such as those over the age of 35 or who have had a prior pregnancy with a genetic abnormality -- until Hayes changes their policies.
Why isn’t Hayes listening to ACOG?
Founded by mothers for other mothers, Stand Up for APA’s mission is to ensure that all women in the United States are treated equitably by receiving the most accurate, non-invasive prenatal genetic screening information available about the health of their baby – no matter what.