New Healthcare Bill Goes Against Employee Privacy Rights

Under the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act filed this month by North Carolina Congressman Virginia Foxx, employers would offer genetic testing as part of a voluntary workplace wellness program. Employees who agree to genetic testing and share results with the company would then save up to 30 percent on their workplace health insurance. Those who decline to participate in the testing because it invades privacy rights would not get a discount and thus would end up paying more for their health insurance. Currently, federal law protects genetic privacy and nondiscrimination. Nearly 70 organizations are fighting the bill. The bill is currently under review by the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee.

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