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The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) prohibits use of genetic information to make decisions about health insurance and employment, and restricts the acquisition and disclosure of genetic information by employers.
Broadly speaking, the law concerns information about an employee’s family medical history. That’s most likely to be divulged when employers or their health insurance providers offer incentives, such as premium discounts, for employees to complete health risk assessments (HRAs) as part of a wellness program. For example, some HRAs ask employees if they have a family history of heart disease or diabetes.
To help you better understand your obligations under GINA, we’ve assembled these resources:
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