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Rhode Island State Statute:
opens new window Rhode Island: RIGL 27-18-52
27-18-52.1
27-19-44
27-19-44.1
27-20-39
27-20-39.1
27-41-53
and 27-41-53.1
Health Insurance Nondiscrimination,
Privacy,
Research
Insurance administrators, health plans and providers of accident and sickness insurance, nonprofit hospital corporations, nonprofit medical service corporations, and HMOs are prohibited from releasing genetic information without prior written authorization. Individuals participating in research settings governed by the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Research Subjects are exempt. Tests conducted purely for research are excluded from the requirements set forth, as are tests for somatic (as opposed to heritable) mutations, and testing for forensic purposes. An individual or group health insurance contract, plan or policy (excluding disability income, long term care and insurance supplemental policies) may not use a genetic test or genetic information or request for genetic tests or genetic information or the results of a genetic test for specified purposes, including for underwriting. Provisions pertaining to the release the results of a genetic test or genetic information do not apply to releases in a format whereby individual identifiers are removed, encrypted, or encoded so that the identity of the individual is not disclosed. Authorization is required for each re-disclosure except for participating in research settings governed by the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Research Subjects.

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