Florida lawmakers target insurers over genetic tests

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With genetic tests becoming increasingly common, a House Republican on Monday filed a proposal that would largely block life-insurance companies from using genetic-test results in deciding whether to cancel, limit or deny coverage to customers.

The proposal (HB 879), filed by Rep. Jayer Williamson, R-Pace, also would apply to long-term care insurers and is identical to a measure (SB 258), filed last month by Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach.

Lawmakers will consider the proposals during the legislative session that starts March 5.

If approved, the change would take effect with policies issued or renewed in January 2020.