Your insurance committee would not be able to use your genetic information against you under a bill passed by the state House Insurance Committee. Tristin Yeager reports from the state capitol.
The bill would prevent insurance companies from requiring genetic tests and asking if you have taken or refused such tests.
Committee Chairman St. Louis City Representative Ron Auer:
The bill was attached to another bill that prevents insurance companies from discriminating against domestic violence abuse victims.
The bill would prevent insurance companies from requiring you to provide genetic information or take a genetic test.
Your consent would be required in order for insurance companies to consider your genetic information in coverage decisions.
St. Louis City Representative Patrick Dougherty sponsored a similar bill and says this version is not as strong.
The bill would also prevent insurance companies from requiring similar information from blood relatives.
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