Thursday, May 1, 2008

Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act clears Congress

In news that surprises no one but is nonetheless significant, the House has passed the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) by a vote of 414-1. It passed the Senate last week by a 95-0 margin. President Bush is expected to sign GINA into law shortly. Among other provisions related to health insurance coverage, the bill will make it illegal for employers to use genetic information in hiring, firing, or promotion decisions.

For information on GINA, take a look at today's AP wire story as reported by the New York Times. The full text of the bill, as passed by the House, is also available.

I'll have more on GINA's potential impact if and when President Bush signs it.