Florida becomes first state to protect DNA from life, disability insurers
When the month rolls into July at midnight, Florida will be the first state to guarantee DNA privacy for customers’ life, disability, and long-term care insurance.
State and federal law already prevent health insurance providers from demanding customers hand over the results of their DNA tests like 23andMe or AncestryDNA. But the new law (HB 1189) will add those protections for the three additional types of insurance.
House Speaker-Designate Chris Sprowls spearheaded that effort to patch a prospective problem he envisioned when he was applying for life insurance. While he was on hold on the telephone waiting for assistance, the Palm Harbor Republican said he was struck by advertisements from genetic testing companies encouraging people to buy tests...