Can Genetic Nondiscrimination Laws Save Lives?

Forthcoming, Hastings Center Report 51(2) (2021)

3 Pages Posted: 11 Nov 2020

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Mark A. Rothstein

University of Louisville - Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law; University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

Date Written: 2020

Abstract

Numerous state laws and the federal Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) have been enacted to prevent or redress genetic discrimination in employment and health insurance. In 2020, Florida became the first state to prohibit life insurance companies from using the results of presymptomatic genetic tests in underwriting. A relatively unexamined issue is whether laws such as Florida enacted can reduce mortality rates by increasing the willingness of at-risk individuals to have genetic testing.

Keywords: Florida law, Genetic discrimination, Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), Genetic testing, Life insurance, Mortality

JEL Classification: K31, K32

Suggested Citation

Rothstein, Mark A., Can Genetic Nondiscrimination Laws Save Lives? (2020). Forthcoming, Hastings Center Report 51(2) (2021), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3696602 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3696602

Mark A. Rothstein (Contact Author)

University of Louisville - Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law ( email )

Louisville, KY 40202
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.louisville.edu/bioethics

University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law ( email )

Wilson W. Wyatt Hall
Louisville, KY 40292
United States

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