Lawmakers Considering Genetic Testing Legislation - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/30/08

Lawmakers Considering Genetic Testing Legislation

The benefits of genetic testing are obvious - to know if you carry a gene that makes you predisposed to a certain illness.

But on the flip side, lawmakers are becoming increasingly concerned that the growing science of genetic testing is making a lot of those patients fearful over every little pain and worried that they may be dropped by employers or their insurance carrier.

"That fear often stops people from using testing that would actually be beneficial to them," said Andy Faucett, Emory University Genetic Counselor.

"No American should be denied health insurance or denied a job because of genetic testing," Senator Edward Kennedy (D), Massachusetts.

So in Congress now, lawmakers are considering a bill that would make it illegal for insurers to seek genetic information, refuse coverage or raise a customer's premiums, based on genetic test results.

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