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Friday, August 22, 2008

Johns Hopkins Center Launches Genetic Rights Educational Effort

Previous blogging on the topic of GINA GINA Aftermath - Consumers Still Wary of Genetic Tests and in the series of blogs closing following the personal genomics industry scene. Now here is some thing very interesting and very vital that is about education the common man about GINA. Johns Hopkins University’s Genetics and Public Policy Center has launched an educational effort aimed at informing the public of how their genetic data can and cannot be used under the recently enacted Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.

As part of its so-called “Project GINA,” the GPPC plans “to disseminate information” about the legislation to healthcare stakeholders and the general public, GPPC Law and Policy Director Susannah Baruch told last week. As part of its plan, the GPPC will launch a web site describing and explaining the federal law that bars health insurers and employers from discriminating based on genetic data. The website, slated to launch in September, will outline what protections are provided under the law, contain a FAQ page, and will provide updates describing how federal and state regulators are implementing the law.
Until the launch of the site, however, GPPC is providing information on GINA under the “What’s Happening” heading on its homepage.

Ahead of the website’s launch, GPPC has made preliminary efforts to educate the public and stakeholders about the law through peer-reviewed publications, webinars, and fact sheets. GPPC recently hosted a series of webinars with the Bureau of National Affairs and has disseminated informational fact sheets describing GINA’s provisions.


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