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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.

WEST VIRGINIA

Confidentiality of Health Information

HMOs must maintain the confidentiality of medical information. [West’s Annotated Code of West Virginia, 33-25A-26]

Insurers must maintain the confidentiality of medical information. [West’s Annotated Code of West Virginia, 33-25D-28]

Conditions Imposed on Genetic Testing/Use of Genetic information

Insurers may not use genetic information to determine eligibility.

Permitted Releases of Health Information or Genetic Information for Research

None.

Definition of Genetic Test/Genetic Information

None.