Late last summer, we reported on a new genetics discrimination bill in Congress. HR 493 was designed to prohibit health plans from adjusting premiums for a group on the basis of genetic information. Along with "Dr No" (Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn), we dismissed this bill as both redundant and unhelpful.
Alas, word's out that the Senate is likely to pass the bill this afternoon, and it's anticipated that President Bush will sign off on it, as well.
We'll have more on this as the full effects become apparent.