Florida Speaker: Ban Use of Genetic Info
Florida would prohibit the use of genetic information by insurers, if a bill introduced by incoming House Speaker Chris Sprowls (R) becomes law.
The bill would ban insurance companies from using people’s genetic information to cancel, limit or deny life-insurance policies or long-term care coverage. “There is nothing more personal and private than your own genetic code,” Sprowls said in a Facebook post. “Attempts by insurance companies to try to capture your DNA and use it to raise rates or create a market in which you can’t afford to get coverage is not just fundamentally unfair — it is a violation of your privacy.”
An industry representative said the bill could raise prices for Florida consumers.
As recently as last year, the Florida House passed a similar measure but it died in the state senate. At the federal level, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, protects Americans from discrimination based on their genetic information in health insurance, but does not address life or long-term care insurance. At the time the federal law went into effect, then-Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said, “No one should have to fear that disclosure of their medical data will put their job or health coverage at risk.”