The Senate today passed a bill that would prohibit insurers and employers from using genetic information to make coverage and employment decisions. By a vote of 95-0, the Senate passed the bill that now will go to the House for consideration.
Some members of the insurance lobby objected to the bill, arguing that it would increase insurers' regulatory burden without improving consumer protection. "Imposing restrictions beyond those already in place could hurt the very people they are intended to help by limiting the ability of insurers to appropriately and fairly set premiums," said Health Insurance Association of America President Donald Young, in a written statement. Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) applauded the bill, which among other things would prohibit health plans from requiring that beneficiaries take a genetic test. -- by Jeff Tieman