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Genetic Discrimination and Your Rights

UNDERSTANDING GENETIC
TESTING
WHO SHOULD CONSIDER
GENETIC TESTING
INSURANCE COVERAGE
GENETIC DISCRIMINATION
AND YOUR RIGHTS
GENETIC TESTING FAQ
For more information or to schedule a cancer genetics appointment, please select your region:

Northern Arizona/Sedona
Greater Phoenix
Southern Arizona/Tucson

Your Rights

Some patients worry that results of genetic testing could lead to discrimination on the part of employers or insurance companies. A 2008 federal law called the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, or GINA, prohibits insurers from denying coverage or charging higher premiums based on genetic test results. GINA also bars employers with more than 15 employees from using genetic information to discriminate against employees or job applicants. HIPAA protects patient privacy and prohibits health insurance providers from discrimination based on genetic information.

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