Illinois genetic nondiscrimination law strengthened
AP/Chicago Tribune, August 29, 2008
A new Illinois law strengthens protections against discrimination based on the results of genetic tests that can pinpoint someone's risk of disease. Advocates hope the law will offer peace of mind to people who might otherwise be dissuaded from undergoing such tests because they fear repercussions from their employer or health insurer. Genetic testing can show a person's risk for cancer, heart disease and other ailments, as well as lead to lifesaving treatment. But some people won't get the tests because they fear the information will be used against them, the advocates say.