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House approves bill that bans discrimination based on genetics May 3, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, gene discrimination, Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, genetics, Human Genome Project.
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After more than a dozen years of working on the issue, Congress is rightly poised to clear a bill that would prohibit insurers and employers from using genetic information as a source of discrimination.The bill, which cleared the U.S. House last week, bans employers from using one’s genetic information in making hiring, firing or promotion decisions. Likewise, insurers would be prohibited from denying coverage or charging higher premiums based on a person’s genetic disposition to certain diseases.

The benefits of prohibiting such discrimination are clear. For starters, it would alleviate the fear of losing jobs or health insurance coverage for those in need of crucial genetic testing for medical reasons.

The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2007 cleared the House with a 420-3 vote. The bill is expected to easily pass in the Senate, and President Bush has said he will sign it.

The government has already invested $3.7 billion in the Human Genome Project. The ban on genetic discrimination would ensure the job is completed, with proper protections that safeguard individual privacy and allow us to make the most of scientific research.

CARD {Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination} Source: kansascity.com

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