Could Genetic Discrimination Cost You Your Job?
However, an expert on personnel issues warned the committee that Daschle's bill could have unintended consequences. The measure would make it generally illegal to collect predictive genetic information, including such widely used tools as a family medical history.
"Certainly, this is not a policy Congress would want to embrace," said Susan Meisinger, chief operating officer and executive vice president of the Society for Human Resource Management.
A spokesman for the Health Insurance Association of America says existing laws already prevent genetic discrimination and adding new standards could increase premium costs. "There is no evidence of any discrimination. Furthermore, we've polled our members. None of them have indicated that they require people to submit to genetic tests for the purposes of getting coverage," Richard Coorsh tells WebMD.