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Company Says They Are Behind Local DNA Sample Collection

Posted at 3:33 PM, Apr 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-03 18:22:50-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) – Some people in Lexington are concerned after they say a man came to their door to see if they were interested in genetic testing.

One man tells LEX 18 that he gave his Medicare information and a cheek swab and now he’s wondering if the company is legitimate.

Vernon Cox says a man from a company called DirectMed came to his door, offering to take a DNA sample that would use genetics to screen for certain types of cancer. Cox was told he was qualified based on his medical history and that Medicare would cover the cost.

Cox showed his Medicare Card, signed off on some paperwork and was told he’d be sent results in four to six weeks.

LEX 18 reached out to DirectMed Benefits. A representative said that they are a brand new company working with a lab in Florida called My Test Diagnostics.

Earlier this week,  WAVE 3 News first reported that there had been concerns after DNA samples were being paid for in Louisville minority communities.

DirectMed representatives say that they don’t take any money from people and only sign up those who qualify through their insurance.

LEX 18 reached out to the Better Business Bureau, and while they say the situation is odd, they found the business listed in the Utah state filings as an LLC. The business does have a Better Business website, but it was just opened yesterday.

The BBB says they will investigate and their advice is to be cautious about giving any type of information.