Wellness and genetic nondiscrimination

by on January 11, 2011 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: HR Info Center

Benefits folks note: DOL has posted a useful set of FAQs on its website about the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.

These cover such key topics as compliance differences between GINA and HIPAA, and GINA’s effect on wellness programs. Here’s what DOL says about the latter subject:

  • Your health plan can’t adjust premiums based on genetic information, even info collected before GINA banned such collection as of May 2009.
  • Plans can’t offer premium discounts to workers for agreeing to provide genetic data, including family medical history collected under a wellness program or Health Risk Assessment (HRA).
  • Plans may use an HRA requesting family medical history if it’s completed after and is unrelated to enrollment, and there’s no reward for completing it.

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