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Opposition to a congressional bill that would explicitly remove genetic privacy protections from workplace wellness programs grew on Monday, with one of the country’s leading wellness associations calling the proposed changes “punitive.”

The bill, approved by a House committee last week, would eliminate long-standing genetic privacy protections from workplace wellness programs, which are allowed to charge thousands of dollars more in premiums, deductibles, and copayments to employees who do not participate. If passed by the full House and Senate and signed by President Trump, the bill would free employers’ wellness programs from the existing constraints of the landmark Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.

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