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.
Insurers may not disclose genetic information or discriminate on the basis of genetic information.
Health information that does not readily identify the patient may be disclosed with the written authorization of the patient, or if the disclosures is made for bona fide research or audit purposes. [West’s Tennessee Code Annotated Section 56-7-124]
“Genetic information” means information derived from genetic testing to determine the presence or absence of variations or mutations, including carrier status, in an individual’s genetic material or genes that are scientifically or medically believed to cause a disease, disorder or syndrome, or are associated with a statistically increased risk of developing a disease, disorder or syndrome, which is asymptomatic at the time of testing. Such testing does not include either routine physical examinations or chemical, blood, or urine analysis unless conducted purposefully to obtain genetic information or questions regarding family history.
[West’s Tennessee Code Annotated Section 56-7-2702]