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Bill Seeks to Ban Insurers Use of Genetic Information

A bipartisan group of House members has filed a bill that would make it illegal for group health plans or health insurers to deny coverage...
January 26, 2007

A bipartisan group of House members has filed a bill that would make it illegal for group health plans or health insurers to deny coverage or charge higher premiums based on information gleaned during genetic testing. A.M. Best reports that H.R. 493, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, also would bar insurers from requiring or even requesting genetic tests as a condition of coverage. The legislation also bars employers from using genetic information when making hiring, firing, or promotion decisions. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Louise M. Slaughter (D-N.Y.), who first introduced it in 1995. In February 2005, it passed the Senate 98-0, but again, the House did not act on the measure, though its companion bill in that chamber counted 244 members as cosponsors. This year, the bill has 144 cosponsors in the House.

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