5/21/2008 President Bush Signs the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008
May 22, 2008
Who knew this was even under consideration? (Okay, well I didn’t). H.R. Bill 493 is legislation that prohibits health insurers and employers from discriminating on the basis of genetic information. For all in tense and purposes, this law prevents employers from using genetic testing to determine whether you are suitable for employment.
Why is this important? Well, what if genetic testing revealed that you were prone to alcohol or substance abuse or that you were pre-disposed to certain psychological disorders. That information might discourage employers from hiring you or for that matter dissuade insurance carriers to extend coverage.
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