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Lawmakers target insurers over genetic tests

It would block life-insurance companies from using genetic tests to decide coverage.

With genetic tests becoming increasingly common, a House Republican on Monday filed a proposal that would largely block life-insurance companies from using genetic-test results in deciding whether to cancel, limit or deny coverage to customers.

The proposal (HB 879), filed by Republican Rep. Jayer Williamson of Pace also would apply to long-term care insurers and is identical to a measure (SB 258), filed last month by Republican Sen. Aaron Bean of Fernandina Beach.

Lawmakers will consider the proposals during the Legislative Session that starts March 5.

If approved, the change would take effect with policies issued or renewed in January 2020.

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Republished with permission of the News Service of Florida.

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