Friday, May 23, 2008

The "Gene, Genie"

With all due respects to David Bowie. Earlier this week, the Federal Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 was signed into law. Employers are now prohibited from discriminating against current and prospective employees on the basis of genetic information. In addition, the new law prohibits insurance companies from determining eligibility or making changes to premiums based on genetic information. I continue to be astounded at how long it takes for positive legislation like this to plod through the halls of Congress before it finally gets enacted; apparently, it took over 10 years to do so. I wonder how long it will take for the several States to act similarly.

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