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Breast Cancer and Genetic Testing

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What About My Privacy?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 prevents insurance companies from denying health insurance based on genetic information. This act also prevents insurance companies from using genetic information to determine that a health condition existed before application was made for insurance. In addition, many states have passed laws, or have legislation pending, addressing insurance concerns.

 

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Reviewed by Arnold Wax, MD on May 09, 2012
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