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News - May 1, 2008 Congress Passes Bill Barring Genetic Discrimination Action culminates more than a dozen years of legislative haggling By Lisa Stein The House today passed a measure by a whopping 414-to-1 margin that would prohibit health insurers from canceling or denying coverage or hiking premiums based on a genetic predisposition to a specific disease. The legislation, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), also bars employers from using genetic information to hire, fire, promote or make any other employment-related decisions. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) was the lone dissenter. The measure, which unanimously passed the Senate last week, now goes to President Bush, who is expected to sign it into law. "Since no one is born with perfect genes, we are all potential victims of genetic discrimination. This legislation marks the beginning of a new era in health care where a person's genetic information can no longer be used against them,'' bill sponsor Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) said after the legislation sailed through the House. "By prohibiting the improper use of genetic
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