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Georgia State Statute:
opens new window Georgia: OCGA 33-54-1 et seq.
Health Insurance Nondiscrimination,
Privacy,
Research
Genetic information is the property of the individual tested. Prior written authorization is required for genetic testing and release of results to anyone other than the person tested. A fraternal benefit society, a nonprofit medical service corporation, a health care corporation, a health maintenance corporation, or a self-insured health plan not subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of ERISA may not seek information derived from genetic testing, and if it is received, the information may not be used for any nontherapeutic purpose or be released without explicit written consent. Exceptions include scientific research facilities, which may conduct genetic testing and use information derived from testing for scientific research if the identity of any individual tested is not disclosed to any third party, except to an individual's physician with consent.

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