A01769 Summary:

SAME ASNo same as
COSPNSRSweeney, Gottfried, Colton, Peralta, Lupardo, Schroeder
MLTSPNSRAlfano, Boyland, Gunther, Magnarelli, McEneny, Pheffer, Towns, Weinstein
Add S2616, Ins L
Prohibits insurance companies from denying or cancelling life and disability coverage based upon genetic information about an insured or a family member of the insured; prohibits them from requesting genetic information about an insured or family member of an insured.
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A01769 Actions:

01/12/2009referred to insurance
01/06/2010referred to insurance
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A01769 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2009-2010 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    January 12, 2009
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A. MORELLE, SWEENEY, GOTTFRIED, COLTON, PERALTA,
          LUPARDO, SCHROEDER -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. ALFANO,  BOYLAND,
          and referred to the Committee on Insurance
        AN ACT to amend the insurance law, in relation to prohibiting  discrimi-

          nation based upon genetic characteristics
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. The insurance law is amended by adding a new  section  2616
     2  to read as follows:
     3    §  2616.  Eligibility  for  life  and  disability insurance based upon
     4  genetic testing. (a) No policy of life or disability insurance, or group
     5  life or disability insurance or renewals thereof,  shall  be  denied  or
     6  canceled  by  the  insurer,  or  the terms and conditions of such policy
     7  altered by the insurer, solely on  the  basis  of  any  genetic  testing
     8  performed on the insured or applicant, or a family member of the insured
     9  or applicant.

    10    (b) For the purposes of this section, "genetic testing" shall have the
    11  same  meaning  as  defined in section seventy-nine-l of the civil rights
    12  law.
    13    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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