Today the EEOC published its proposed regulations on the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). Click here to download the proposed regulations. Interested members of the public have 60 days (or until May 1, 2009) to comment on the new regs.
GINA, passed by Congress last year, prohibits the improper use of genetic information in health insurance and employment. GINA prohibits group health plans and health insurers from denying coverage or charging higher premiums based solely on the insured’s genetic predisposition to developing a disease in the future.
Title II of GINA, which takes effect November 21, 2009, will prohibit employers from using genetic information to make hiring, firing, promotion or other employment decisions based on genetic information. Why would anyone want to do that? Perhaps you should watch this movie: