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California State Statute:
opens new window California: Cal. Insurance Code §10146 et seq.
Other Lines of Insurance Nondiscrimination Tests for genetic characteristics may not be required to determine insurability for life and disability income insurance except for policies contingent on review or testing for other diseases and conditions and only with informed consent. Policies may only limit benefits otherwise payable if loss is caused or contributed to by the presence or absence of genetic characteristics if the insurer imposes limitations for other medical conditions that present an increased risk. A life or disability income insurer may not request a genetic test to determine eligibility for hospital, medical or surgical insurance coverage or coverage under a nonprofit hospital service or health care service plan. The statutes set forth civil and criminal penalties for violations.

Last Reviewed: May 25, 2018