Senate Passes Ban on Genetic Discrimination

The Senate just passed a bill seeking to outlaw discrimination based on the genetic test results.

It clears the the way for the measure to become law more than 10 years after Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) introduced it. The bill passed the Senate 95-0. The House is expected to pass it next week and the White House has said the president will sign it.


The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act would forbid insurance companies from denying coverage to workers due to genetic makeup. It would also prohibit insurers and employers from forcing employees to undergo genetic tests.


Read Snowe's statement about the bill below:

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