The Florida Senate is now considering a bill — Senate Bill 258 — that would regulate how insurers use genetic information when writing and pricing an individual life insurance, disability insurance or long-term care insurance (LTCI) policy.
SB 258 would apply when an insurer is seeking to limit, cancel or deny access to individual life insurance, disability insurance or LTCI coverage based on information from DNA testing
The bill would prohibit an insurer from using genetic information in those situations, “unless such action is based on an objective statistical evidence related to an individual’s life expectancy or health.”
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The insurer must document the rationale for that type of action and provide documentation of its objective statistical evidence to the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation upon request, according to the bill text.
Members of the Florida Senate Banking and Insurance Committee approved the bill by a 5-3 vote in March, and members of the Senate Health Policy Committee approved an amended version by a 9-0 vote earlier this month.
The Florida Legislature’s regular session ends May 3.
The federal Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) of 2008 already prohibits health insurers from using genetic information in underwriting. The law does not apply to life insurers.