Yes, your medical information, including genetic test results are protected under HIPAA policies. We will not share your information unless you ask us to and provide consent.
Some individuals express concern regarding genetic discrimination. A federal law passed in 2008 called GINA, or the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, made it illegal for health insurers or employers from using genetic test results to discriminate against an individual. Under this law, health insurance companies cannot use results to make decisions regarding coverages or rates and cannot consider genetic test results as a preexisting condition. This law also protects individuals from hiring, firing, or promotional decisions in the workplace based on genetic information. This law does not cover life insurance, long-term care, or disability. There are exceptions to GINA, which will be reviewed during your genetic counseling appointment. For more information about GINA, visit www.ginahelp.org.