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Capitol Health Call
March 14, 2007

Genetics Bills

JAMA. 2007;297(10):1050. doi:10.1001/jama.297.10.1050-b

Both houses of Congress introduced legislation in January that would make it illegal for health insurers to deny coverage to healthy individuals or charge higher premiums based solely on genetic predisposition to specific diseases. The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (S 358 and HR 493, [http://thomas.loc.gov]) would also forbid employers from using genetic information when making hiring, firing, job placement, or promotion decisions.

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