(410 ILCS 513/20)
Use of genetic testing information for insurance purposes.
(a) An insurer may not seek information derived from genetic testing for use
in connection with a policy of accident and health insurance. Except as
provided in subsection (c), an insurer that receives information derived from
genetic testing, regardless of the source of that information, may not use
the information for a nontherapeutic purpose as it
relates to a policy of accident and health insurance.
(b) An insurer shall not use or disclose protected health information that is genetic information for underwriting purposes. For purposes of this Section, "underwriting purposes" means, with respect to an insurer:
(1) rules for, or determination of, eligibility
(including enrollment and continued eligibility) for, or determination of, benefits under the plan, coverage, or policy (including changes in deductibles or other cost-sharing mechanisms in return for activities such as completing a health risk assessment or participating in a wellness program);
(2) the computation of premium or contribution
amounts under the plan, coverage, or policy (including discounts, rebates, payments in kind, or other premium differential mechanisms in return for activities, such as completing a health risk assessment or participating in a wellness program);
(3) the application of any pre-existing condition
exclusion under the plan, coverage, or policy; and
(4) other activities related to the creation,
renewal, or replacement of a contract of health insurance or health benefits.
"Underwriting purposes" does not include determinations of medical appropriateness where an individual seeks a benefit under the plan, coverage, or policy.
This subsection (b) does not apply to insurers that are issuing a long-term care policy, excluding a nursing home fixed indemnity plan.
(c) An insurer may consider the results of genetic testing in connection
with a policy of accident and health insurance if the individual voluntarily
submits the results and the results are favorable to the individual.
(d) An insurer that possesses information derived from genetic testing may
not release the information to a third party, except as specified in this Act.
(e) A company providing direct-to-consumer commercial genetic testing is prohibited from sharing any genetic test information or other personally identifiable information about a consumer with any health or life insurance company without written consent from the consumer.
(Source: P.A. 101-132, eff. 1-1-20