Can Genetic Nondiscrimination Laws Save Lives?
Forthcoming, Hastings Center Report 51(2) (2021)
3 Pages Posted: 11 Nov 2020
Date Written: 2020
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
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