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Bill would let employers require genetic testing

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Employee Benefits Program,Human Resources

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce has passed legislation that would allow employers to force employees to undergo genetic testing related to wellness program health assessments. Employees who refuse would have to pay $5,443 more for their health insurance benefits.

The Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act currently prohibits the use of genetic information in health insurance and employment. Genetic tests that are part of workplace wellness programs would be specifically exempt from GINA under H.R. 1313.

More than 70 health advocacy groups oppose the bill, saying it would also weaken some ADA protections.

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