This article has been updated to clarify comments from Anya Prince of the Cancer Legal Resource Center. The article inaccurately cited Prince as stating that some states mandate coverage for BRCA testing.
Pittsburgh Technical Institute is the first Highmark customer that has agreed to offer the genetic testing service to its employees. The offering will not be a covered benefit under Highmark's health plans.
Although the three bills aren't exactly alike in scope, they reflect a growing sentiment at the state level that existing protections under the federal Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act don't go far enough when it comes to protecting individuals' genetic data from misuse.
A Cogent Research study of 1,000 US residents found decreasing interest in pharmacogenomics applications compared to previous years, while the number of respondents who fear that their genomic data could be used against them is on the rise.