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Might be an odd question, but my husband and I have been researching this testing and he had an interesting question: Since most states "require" these, do they charge you for them? He feels that it would be a little odd that most states require them (yes, we know we have the option to decline the testing <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> ) and then expect you to foot (no pun intended) the bill as well. And if they do charge you for them, how much?
 

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With DS2 he was born at home (which are insurance did not cover). We had the PKU done on day five in the outpatient clinic of a local hospital. Our generally not so good insurance paid it 100%.
 

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In boston, the test is free. Both of my boys got the complete metabolic screen done for free.
 

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Thanks for the responses. I have to wonder if it varies state by state. I was reading more about the test yesterday when I came across a little device called the <a href="http://www.1cascade.com/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=1323" target="_blank">Tenderfoot</a> that supposedly causes a lot less pain to the baby, and apparently there is a way the test can be done using baby's <a href="http://children.webmd.com/Phenylketonuria-PKU-Test" target="_blank">urine</a> if older than six weeks... it all makes me wonder why more time and effort hasn't been put into finding more humane ways of doing the test. I think I might have to see if my midwife has heard of one of other less painful methods for it. Anyway, enough of my rambling and onto more reading. Thanks again!
 
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