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Rules for GINA Effective December 7, 2009

Dec 16, 2009

New rules for the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act begin December 7th

The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 ("GINA") became law on May 21, 2008, and was designed to prohibit a group insurer from collecting genetic information from or about a member prior to or in connection with enrollment, or at any time if the information is used for underwriting purposes.  

On October 9, 2009, temporary and final rules to implement certain provisions of GINA were released. The new rules apply to all types of policies except for Medicare Supplement policies and will become effective the first plan year beginning on or after December 7, 2009. The new rules provide guidance addressing GINA's effect on the timing, content, and use of Health Risk Assessment forms ("HRA"). 

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