Genetic discrimination bill active again

The following comes from a bulletin I received a few minutes ago from the Genetic Alliance. If you are concerned about the potential effects of genetic testing--whether for privacy or insurance coverage--you will want to check this out and make your opinion known.

Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act Introduced in House!

The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) was introduced in the House of Representatives as H.R. 493 on January 16. Over 140 original cosponsors joined sponsors Rep. Slaughter (NY-28), Rep. Biggert (IL-13), Rep. Eshoo (CA-14), and Rep. Walden (OR-2) in supporting GINA's introduction. House and Senate bill sponsors will build stronger support in their chambers with your grassroots help. Genetic Alliance is collecting letters of support from our community and to present GINA's House and Senate sponsors. You can simply customize a template letter and send it to us to deliver with all of the other letters. Please join us in this effort and take a few minutes to make your voice heard!

Join the Genetic Alliance push if you are in favor of the bill, or write a letter of your own. Equally important: if you have doubts, questions, reservations about the substance of the bill (you'll have to read it of course), say or do something. We at geneforum bring you information like this so that you can voice YOUR opinions. If you want more information on genetic discrimination, ask a question here, or consult other Genetizen blogs about the subject.

Marie Godfrey, PhD


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