A00288 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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A00288 Actions:

01/03/2007referred to insurance
01/09/2008referred to insurance
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A00288 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2007-2008 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                     January 3, 2007
        Introduced  by  M. of A. MORELLE, SWEENEY, GOTTFRIED, COLTON, PERALTA --
          Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. ALFANO, BOYLAND,  GUNTHER,  MAGNARELLI,
          McENENY, PHEFFER, WEINSTEIN -- read once 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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