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Medi-Cal denies patients access to now-basic genetic tests
San Francisco Chronicle

Jessica Lucas, a Central Valley resident, rushed her 10-year-old son, Curtis, to the emergency room last month when he passed out shortly after tussling with his 3-year-old brother. Cardiologists at Madera Children’s Hospital (Madera County) suspected that Curtis might have Long QT syndrome, a hereditary condition that can cause sudden death from physical exertion. Curtis’ great-aunt had died from LQTS while swimming, and several other family members had been identified as carriers.