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Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)

On May 21, 2008, President Bush signed the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) into law. The bill, H.R. 493, prohibits both insurers and employers from using genetic information adversely. Employers are forbidden from firing, refusing to hire or otherwise discriminating against workers based on genetic information. Subject to only a few exceptions, employers also may not request, require or purchase genetic information. This legislation had been pending for more than a decade, and finally passed with broad bipartisan support. To read the entire article, click here.