The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), H.R. 493

On May 21, 2008, legislation authored by Rep. Slaughter prohibiting health insurance companies and employers from discriminating based on genetic information became law. Rep. Slaughter attended the White House signing ceremony of this historical bill.

The Genetic Nondiscrimination Information Act will prevent health insurers from canceling, denying, refusing to renew, or changing the terms or premiums of coverage based on genetic information. It also will prohibit employers from making hiring, firing, promotion, and other employment-related decision based on genetic factors.

This legislation first passed the House of Representatives on April 5th 2007 by a vote of 420-3; it then underwent minor revisions and passed unanimously in the Senate, 95-0, on April 24th, 2008. On May 1st, 2008, the bill went before the House once again where it passed 414-1 and was cleared for the President’s signature. On May 21st, 2008, H.R. 493 was signed into law by the President and is now Public Law 110-233.

News Articles and More Information:

Buffalo News – Slaughter’s quest undone by ‘Dr. No’; Senator blocks bill on gene profile bias

Buffalo News – Editorials – Bill Block Unwarranted

Genetic Alliance GINA Information Page

Rochester Turning – Sen. Coburn blocks Slaughter’s GINA Bill