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South Carolina State Statute:
opens new window South Carolina: SCCL 38-93 et seq.
Health Insurance Nondiscrimination,
Privacy
Health insurers offering individual health plans may not cancel, deny, adjust premiums or rates or impose pre-existing conditions exclusions based on the genetic information of an individual or family member or based on a request for genetic services. Health insurers offering group health plans may not adjust premiums or contributions based on genetic information. Health insurers may not request or require genetic information or require an individual to undergo a genetic test. The law also prohibits disclosure of genetic information without informed written consent, with some exceptions such as for law enforcement purposes or as allowable under state and federal statutes. It is required to obtain informed consent prior to performing a genetic test, with some exceptions such as for diagnosis or treatment of an individual if performed by a clinical laboratory that has received a specimen referral from the individual's treating physician or another clinical laboratory. Penalties for violations of the law are established and are intended to be in addition to those set forth under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, Public Law 110-233.

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