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Julie Pierce says her husband's doctor told the family that Tracy Jr. has a 50 percent chance of having the cancer gene. They won't know unless Tracy Jr. undergoes testing, which would need to be done at the National Cancer Institute in Maryland.
Julie Pierce says she asked her insurance company, Coventry Health Care, if the $6,000 test would be covered. She was told no. "So then, you think, if I get the testing and it comes back that he has the gene, I already know that my insurance isn't going to pay for it," Julie Pierce tells the Pitch. "And the test is too expensive for me to pay out of pocket."
Tracy Pierce Jr. says he's not sure what will happen to him if he has the gene. "It bothers me because I know that if I have the gene, I know that I'm not going to get the care. Because I know that they denied my dad his care," Tracy Jr. says. "They didn't pay for my dad's [care]. They didn't pay for any of his treatments. So now when I get it, I don't think that I've got a chance."
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