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house Bill H.R. 1189

Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act

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Title

Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act

Official Title

To clarify rules relating to nondiscriminatory employer wellness programs as such programs relate to premium discounts, rebates, or modifications to otherwise applicable cost sharing under group health plans.

Summary

Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act This bill declares that a workplace wellness program, by offering a reward to participants, does not violate the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 or title I or II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 if the program complies with Public Health Service Act requirements. Collection of information about a family member's manifested disease or disorder is not considered an unlawful acquisition of genetic information with respect to another family member participating in a workplace wellness program. This bill takes effect as if enacted on March 23, 2010.

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      house Committees
      Committee on Education and Labor
      Workforce Protections
      Health
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedMarch 2nd, 2015
    We must stop this violation of privacy that will make Americans unemployable and uninsurable based on genetic testing. It is NOT about preserving employee wellness!!
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    This is a BAD plan. I feel it violates personal & civil rights.
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    This is absolutely not ok. And shame on you for hiding this genetic testing garbage in a bill that makes it look like you care about employee wellness.
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    This type of "voluntary" testing is inappropriate.
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    Apparently Big Government is only for the little people. This must be stopped. I think this is now HR1313, but we need clarification.
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    First thing that hit was the blatant lie regarding how this bill would undermine basic privacy provisions of the Americans With Disabilities Act not to mention the 2008 GINA (Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act) it specifically prohibits discrimination by health insurers AND employers based on the information that people carry in their genes. The ONLY exception that allows for employees to provide that information as part of VOLUNTARY participation of wellness programs! No incentives,for providing your DNA nor penalties for not providing it. But H.R. 1313 would allow employers to impose penalties of up to 30% of the total cost of an employee's health insurance on those who choose to keep that information private. Yet there are those in the business community argue that competing regulations in federal laws make it too difficult to offer wellness programs. If that is the case why create this bill? It is wrong wrong wrong. It is an outright invasion of privacy. Do not pass this bill. Sponsoring this bill from the Education and Workforce Committee is seemingly quite handy. Try a search for H.R.1313 it doesn't come up, but rather type Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act. Countable, you need to do better.
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    The collection of genetic data is completely inappropriate
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    This is requesting voluntary private information and making it legal to punish any who refuse to participate. There is nothing right about that, neither morally or legally. This entire notion is unethical and should not be passed further. I will be paying very close attention to how my representatives vote on this matter. Anyone who allows this to pass will not be acting for the people, but against our well-being. I will not vote for someone who would willingly put us in jeopardy.
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