Senate Democrats

H.R. 493, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act

Summaryand Background

During the week of April 21, 2008, the Senate is expected to begin consideration ofH.R.493, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). This bill passed the House on April 25, 2007 on a vote of 420 to 3 and was placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar. When the Senate takes up the legislation, one amendment will be offered, a substitute amendment by Senators Snowe, Kennedy, and Enzi (the Senate substitute), which is nearly identical to H.R.493.

GINA would establish strong protections against discrimination on the basis of genetic information by health insurance companies and employers (private and public) by: