- Prohibits group and individual insurers for using genetic info in setting premium or contribution amounts
- Prohibits insurers from requesting/requiring a patient undergo a genetic test
- Prohibits employers from using genetic information to make employment decisions
- Prohibits employers from requesting genetic information about an employee or their family
What it does not do:
- Does Not prohibit medical underwriting based on CURRENT health status
- Does Not mandate coverage for any genetic tests or treatments
- Does Not interfere with a physicians ability to request a patient or their family members undergo genetic testing
- Does Not create special remedies for employers other than those outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act
- Does Not prohibit workplace collection of genetic information for genetic monitoring programs such as wellness programs, state and federal medical leave programs, and in cases of inadvertant acquisition of this information, But Does prevent the employer from disclosing or using this information.
The Gene Sherpa says: The bill has passed one Senate subcommittee and now sits poised to become law by the fall. I for one am very excited about the possibilities this legislation brings.