Florida becomes first state to enact DNA privacy law, blocking insurers from genetic data The Center Square July 1, 2020

I saw this during a search for DNA related articles – Florida becomes first state to enact DNA privacy law, blocking insurers from genetic data: https://www.thecentersquare.com/florida/florida-becomes-first-state-to-enact-dna-privacy-law-blocking-insurers-from-genetic-data/article_19acb7fc-bbe2-11ea-a88d-bf2dbe8939af.html. A lot of good information in the article. The rest of the article goes into more detail about the specifics. Each U. S. state sets its own laws on DNA testing with most have few if any restrictions. There are exceptions and vary based on the type of DNA testing: medical vs. non-medical and paternity being the most common restrictions/issues.

 

(The Center Square) – Florida on Wednesday became the nation’s first state to enact a DNA privacy law, prohibiting life, disability and long-term care insurance companies from using genetic tests for coverage purposes.

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed House Bill 1189, sponsored by Rep. Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor. It extends federal prohibitions against health insurance providers accessing results from DNA tests, such as those offered by 23andMe or AncestryDNA, to the three other insurers.

Sprowls, the House speaker-designate, called the legislation a “major victory for Floridians” that “will make Florida the leader in the nation in protecting our residents and our citizens’ genetic information” when it was adopted by the House, 110-0, and the Senate, 35-3.

“Given the continued rise in popularity of DNA testing kits,” Sprowls said Tuesday, “it was imperative we take action to protect Floridians’ DNA data from falling into the hands of an insurer who could potentially weaponize that information against current or prospective policyholders in the form of rate increases or exclusionary policies.”

Federal law prevents health insurers from using genetic information in underwriting policies and in setting premiums, but the prohibition doesn’t apply to life, disability or long-term care coverage.

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1 Response to Florida becomes first state to enact DNA privacy law, blocking insurers from genetic data The Center Square July 1, 2020

  1. SLIMJIM says:

    Enjoyed the late night blog reading, ok going to walk around my neighborhood to finish my 10 K steps

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