Release Date: October 9, 2008
U.S. Labor Department seeks comments on genetic nondiscrimination requirements
Washington – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) today announced publication of a “request for information” (RFI) to assist the department in implementing the requirements under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) for group health plans and health insurance issuers. The RFI is to be published in the October 10, 2008 Federal Register.
Title I of GINA amended the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) by adding new requirements prohibiting group health plans and group health insurance issuers from discriminating in health coverage based on genetic information. Specifically, GINA prohibits group health plans and group health insurance issuers from:
The RFI on genetic information relating to group health plans and health insurance issuers will assist the department in fulfilling its obligation under GINA to develop regulatory guidance. The department is seeking public comments in specific areas while also seeking comments and suggestions on any additional areas or issues pertinent to future guidance.
Written comments on the RFI should be addressed to the Office of Health Plan Standards and Compliance Assistance, Employee Benefits Security Administration, Room N-5653, U. S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20210, Attn: GINA Comments. The public also may submit comments electronically by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or through the federal e-rulemaking portal at www.regulations.gov.
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