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From: Aaron Hill <>
Subject: [yDNAhgI] GINA Law Passes Senate Unanimously
Date: Sat, 26 Apr 2008 17:24:57 +0000
New 'GINA' Law Would Stop Genetic Discrimination
Yesterday the Senate voted unanimously to pass the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), which after going back to the House for final approval is expected to be signed by President Bush as early as next week. This law will ensure that anyone who gets genetic screening tests will be protected from having that information shared with health insurers or employers.
"A lot has changed in Congress since 1995, but the debate over genetic anti-discrimination laws has not. Yesterday, the Senate did its part to put the issue to rest after a long, 13-year journey. The bill has weathered two presidencies and at least four congressional majorities. Despite its history, the Senate made the bill's passage look easy, voting 95-0 in its favor. If the House follows suit, as we expect it will, insurance companies and employers will no longer be able to refuse coverage or raise premiums on individuals or families based on the results of genetic tests. This is especially important as disease detection and prevention technology improves. Although doctors can clinically screen for more than 1,200 diseases, patients have been wary of taking the tests out of fear that it would jeopardize their health insurance. GINA would ensure that Americans can take advantage of this technology without backlash from their coverage providers." -- Tony Perkins
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