04/23/2008 - Congress reached an agreement clearing the way for a bill to prohibit discrimination by employers and health insurers on the basis of genetic tests.
Senator Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican who had been almost single-handedly holding up action on the bill, said in an interview Tuesday that most of his concerns had been resolved and predicted that the bill would pass soon.
Some 35 states have laws against genetic discrimination in employment and 47 have them against discrimination in health insurance, according to an article in The New England Journal of Medicine last year by Kathy Hudson, director of the Johns Hopkins Genetics and Public Policy Center in Washington. But the laws vary widely. It is not clear whether the new federal law would take precedence.
View Congress Near Deal on Genetic Test Bias Bill on The New York Times' site.
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