GINA, the ADA, and Genetic Discrimination in Employment
4 Pages Posted: 29 Sep 2009 Last revised: 13 Dec 2009
Date Written: September 28, 2009
The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) was signed into law on May 21, 2008, after a 13-year struggle in Congress. GINA prohibits genetic discrimination in employment and health insurance, thereby supplementing existing federal protections against genetic discrimination in employersponsored group health plans contained in the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and state laws prohibiting genetic discrimination in employment and individual health insurance.
Keywords: Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, GINA, Americans with Disabilities Act, ADA
JEL Classification: K31, K32
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