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Last Updated: 03/05/10

Appendix A

Summary of State Laws

This summary of state laws does not include full citations for statutes that prohibit discrimination in employment or insurance on the basis of genetic testing or genetic information. There are other comprehensive collections of state laws addressing genetic nondiscrimination in employment and insurance. Therefore, there are complete references only where the statute is relevant for the conduct of research using tissue specimens.

PENNSYLVANIA

Confidentiality of Health Information

The right to privacy under the search and seizure provision of the Pennsylvania Constitution extends to medical records of patients.

Conditions Imposed on Genetic Testing/Use of Genetic information

None (except for forensics and paternity testing).

Permitted Releases of Health Information or Genetic Information for Research

None.

Definition of Genetic Test/Genetic Information

None.