Scientific and medical societies are applauding the US Senate for passing
a bill banning genetic discrimination by insurance providers and employers.
The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2003 outlaws coverage denials
or higher premiums based on genetic information. The bill also prevents insurers
and employers from requiring individuals to provide genetic information; companies
will still be allowed to ask for such information, however.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science issued a statement
saying its officials were "encouraged" that the bill had passed, and asked
the House of Representatives to quickly pass a companion bill.
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