Foxx Defends Bill That Would Allow Employers To Access Workers’ Genetic Information
Foxx defends bill that would allow employers to access workers’ genetic information
U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-5th, has defended her controversial bill that would allow employers to acquire genetic information about their employees and their families in order to reduce workers’ health insurance premiums.
Critics say employees who decline genetic testing or choose not to participate in their employers’ wellness programs could face penalties under the legislation.
Two weeks ago, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce voted, 22-17, to approve HR 1313, also known as the Preserving Employee Wellness Program Act. Foxx, the committee’s chairwoman, introduced the bill in the U.S. House and voted for it.