CombiMatrix Notes Two Additional Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Plans Revise Medical Policies to Reimburse for Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Testing

IRVINE, Calif., April 26, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CombiMatrix Corporation (NASDAQ:CBMX), a molecular diagnostics company specializing in DNA-based testing services for pre-implantation genetic diagnostics and screening, miscarriage analysis, prenatal and pediatric diagnostics, notes that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arkansas and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee have revised their medical policies to include reimbursement for chromosomal microarray analysis of fetal tissue for the evaluation of recurrent pregnancy loss. These health plans now cover cases of pregnancy loss at 20 weeks of gestation or earlier; or when there is a maternal history of recurrent miscarriage (defined as a history of two or more failed pregnancies).

“We are beginning to see a trend with at least seven health providers this year revising their medical policies to now reimburse for microarray testing for recurrent pregnancy loss, after only one reversal in all of 2015,” stated Mark McDonough, President and Chief Executive Officer of CombiMatrix. “We expect more health plans to revise their policies going forward and that these decisions will have a positive impact on our miscarriage analysis testing, which is the fastest growing and best reimbursed component of our business. Revisions of plans in the Blue Cross Blue Shield network, which in aggregate comprise a large component of our third-party billing, are particularly noteworthy for CombiMatrix. Importantly, miscarriage analysis testing can provide valuable information to women and their families in planning and decision-making.”

About CombiMatrix Corporation

CombiMatrix Corporation provides valuable molecular diagnostic solutions and comprehensive clinical support to foster the highest quality in patient care. CombiMatrix specializes in pre-implantation genetic diagnostics and screening, miscarriage analysis, prenatal and pediatric diagnostics, offering DNA-based testing for the detection of genetic abnormalities beyond what can be identified through traditional methodologies. CombiMatrix performs genetic testing utilizing a variety of advanced cytogenomic techniques, including chromosomal microarray, standardized and customized fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) and high-resolution karyotyping. CombiMatrix is dedicated to providing high-level clinical support for healthcare professionals in order to help them incorporate the results of complex genetic testing into patient-centered medical decision making. Additional information about CombiMatrix is available at www.combimatrix.com or by calling (800) 710-0624.

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Mark McDonoughLHA
President & CEO, CombiMatrix Corporation Jody Cain
(949) 753-0624 (310) 691-7100

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