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Could I be denied health insurance coverage based on genetic testing?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Thanks to your good friend GINA (even if you didn’t know you had a friend named GINA), you can’t be denied health insurance coverage based on genetic testing.  The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (aka GINA), protects you from being treated unfairly (which includes denying health insurance coverage) by insurers and employers because genetic testing reveals something that might affect your health. 

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