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House Passes Genetic Discrimination Bill

The United States House of Representatives today passed a bill that prohibits discrimination based on genetic disease predisposition.

The House voted 414-1 for the legislation a week after it passed the Senate on a 95-0 vote. The bill would bar health insurance companies from using genetic information to set premiums or determine enrollment eligibility. Similarly, employers could not use genetic information in hiring, firing or promotion decisions.

President Bush is expected to sign it into law.

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