Today House Considers Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)

Update: GINA passes in the House 420-3, now on to the Senate

The House will consider the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (H.R. 493) today, which happens to also be National DNA Day.  This bill aims to prohibit employers and health insurers from discriminating based on genetic information.

Sharon Terry from the Genetic Alliance sent around the following guide for action:

The bill has remarkable support in the House with 224 bipartisan cosponsors and unanimous approval from all three committees of jurisdiction.  Moreover, the President has called for this important legislation and the Senate stands poised for a favorable vote on the bill.

Follow these easy steps to make an impact today!

1. Either call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and provide the operator with your zip code.  You will be given the name and phone number of your representative.  Or search for your representative here: http://www.geneticalliance.org/ws_display.asp?filter=policy.action

2. Call your representative’s office and say you want him/her to vote for the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (H.R.493).

3. Share the news!  Let your friends and family know how easy the process was and encourage them to join in and contact their representatives.  Remember, the more people who contact Congress in support of an issue, the more likely Congress will act favorably on that issue.

It is not too late to join the Coalition for Genetic Fairness and celebrate success with us as we move next to the Senate!  http://www.geneticfairness.org/registration.html

See also: GovTrack HR 493 page

Recent post with more info on GINA

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