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West Virginia 2009 State Bills:
opens new window West Virginia 2009 HB 2720
Employment Nondiscrimination,
Health Insurance Nondiscrimination,
Privacy,
Research
This bill creates the Genetic Information Privacy Act. Genetic testing and genetic information derived from testing may be released only to the individual tested or people specifically given written authorization to receive the information by the individual. Accident and health insurers may not request or seek information derived from genetic testing. If the federal government or others propose guidelines, the bill authorizes the insurance commissioner to propose rules to authorize further disclosure of information derived from genetic testing for insurance purposes beyond what is permitted in the legislation. The bill requires employers to treat information derived from genetic testing in a manner consistent with federal law, including but not limited to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Exclusions under the definition of genetic testing includes research governed by the Common Rule, tests conducted purely for research, tests for somatic as opposed to heritable mutations, tests where direct personal identifiers that reveal the patients identity are encoded or encrypted and tests that are composed of de-identified or anonymized information. Penalties for violations are set forth. Measure failed.

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