Genetic testing and the future of disability insurance: Ethics, law & policy

Susan M Wolf, Jeffrey P. Kahn

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Predictive genetic testing poses fundamental questions for disability insurance, a crucial resource funding basic needs when disability prevents income from work. This article, from an NIH-funded project, presents the first indepth analysis of the challenging issues: Should disability insurers be permitted to consider genetics and exclude predicted disability? May disabilities with a recognized genetic basis be excluded from coverage as pre-existing conditions? How can we assure that private insurers writing individual and group policies, employers, and public insurers deal competently and appropriately with genetic testing?

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6-32
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Law, Medicine and Ethics
Issue numberSUPPL. 2
StatePublished - Jun 2007


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