The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation praised the passage of two important pieces of legislation. One law protects those with CF from discrimination based on their
Today Congress passed the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). Originally proposed more than ten years ago, GINA helps to protect people with cystic fibrosis from discrimination by insurance companies or employers. The law also protects those who carry the defective CF
The new law provides legal safeguards for people who have been denied health coverage or employment because of genetic information, and makes the act of such discrimination illegal. This law will become increasingly important as genetic testing becomes more widespread. President Bush is expected signed the bill in the near future.
President Bush signed the Newborn
The Foundation applauds both Congress and President Bush for their actions on these important initiatives.