2012 Student Research Conference:
25th Annual Student Research Conference

The Effect of Health Care Reform on Genetic Discrimination
Kristin R. Marshall
Mr. Pamela J. Ryan, Faculty Mentor

Recent health care reform shook the American political system and, once implemented, will change the way Americans interact with the health care system and medical providers. However, seemingly lost among the debate is the potential impact of those with significant medical concerns embedded within their genetic material. As technology and human willingness to investigate genetic diseases grows, it is imperative that the effect of any health care legislation on individuals with genetic diseases be fully understood, examined and considered when debating reform and implementation. Through intensive analysis of public law texts, Congressional Research Service reports and other non-partisan findings, the interaction of genetic non-discrimination legislation (mainly, P.L. 110-233) and the health care bill, formally titled the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-148), will be closely analyzed to discern each laws impact on individuals with preexisting, genetic conditions.

Keywords: Health , Care, Genetic, Discrimination, Reform

Topic(s):Political Science
Biology

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 115-5
Location: MG 1090
Time: 9:00

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