Update: Genetic discrimination bill through Congress onto President

The House passed the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act on May 1. The Senate unanimously passed the same measure on April 24. The bill now goes to President Bush, who is expected to sign it.

The measure will prevent employers and insurance companies from discriminating against individuals on the basis of genetic information. It will prohibit employers from making personnel decisions based on an employee's predisposal to disease and insurers will be prohibited from denying coverage or increasing premium costs based on an individual's genetic information.

“We are currently monitoring the bill’s status very closely,” said Lillian Mojica, G.Neil Managing Research Attorney. “If and when the President signs the bill into law, we will be here to keep you informed about how this legislation will affect your business.”

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