Senate passes genetic nondiscrimination bill

Anti-discrimination legislation is on the move that would protect employees’ jobs and health insurance coverage against decisions made on the basis of genetic information.

On April 24, 2008, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, or GINA.

GINA will:
  • prohibit the use of genetic information to deny employment or insurance coverage,
  • ensure genetic test results are kept private,
  • and prevent insurance companies from making eligibility or premium decisions based on genetic information.
The act will now go back to the House of Representatives for final approval. It is then on to President Bush’s desk, who is expected to sign the bill as early as next week. The bill's effective date will be 18 months after the President signs.

Check back often for updates on the status of GINA and whether there will be posting changes once the bill is signed into law.

Read the full Associated Press article.

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