Health insurers are hoping to change a genetic testing discrimination bill as it works its way through the House and Senate.
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee already has approved the Senate’s version of the bill, S. 358, and a similar bill is awaiting action by 2 committees in the House.
“This bill prohibits genetic discrimination in health insurance and the workplace by barring health insurers and employers from requesting or using genetic information to take any action that would affect an employee’s health or employment benefits,” says Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., the most senior Republican on the Senate HELP Committee.
Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, sponsored a similar bill in the last Congress.
Supporters of a genetic testing discrimination ban say a ban would encourage more people to get tests that could help them avoid or cope with disease.