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INS-021: Use of Genetic Tests by Insurers

Use of Genetic Tests by Insurers: The Wisconsin Medical Society endorses legislation that

  • Broadens the definition of a genetic test by deleting the criterion that such a test use DNA, and by providing that a genetic test may be a physical examination or examination of family history, so long as the purpose of the physical examination or family history is to determine whether an individual (including an unborn child) has a genetic disease or disorder, or is predisposed to a genetic disease or disorder.
  • Supports efforts to prevent insurance companies from using genetic tests to deny or limit coverage. (HOD, 0411)*

*Currently under five-year policy review.