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DOL/EBSA RIN: 1210-AB27 Publication ID: Fall 2009 
Title: Genetic Information Nondiscrimination 
Abstract: Pursuant to ERISA sections 702, 733(d), and 502, as amended by the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) (Pub. L. 110-233) enacted May 21, 2008, the Department is developing regulatory guidance. Regulatory guidance will provide clarification regarding GINA’s prohibition against discrimination in group premiums based on genetic information, its limitations on genetic testing, its prohibition on collection of genetic information, and its new civil monetary penalties under ERISA. 
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: Not Yet Determined (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.
Legal Authority: 29 USC 1182; 29 USC 1191b(d); 29 USC 1132 
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory  As per GINA section 101(f)(1)  05/21/2009 

Statement of Need: GINA section 101(f)(1) requires the Secretary to issue regulations to carry out its statutory provisions no later than May 21, 2009.

Summary of the Legal Basis: Section 505 of ERISA provides that the Secretary may prescribe such regulations as she considers necessary and appropriate to carry out the provisions of title I of ERISA. Section 734 of ERISA provides that the Secretary may promulgate such regulations as may be necessary or appropriate to carry out the provisions of part 7 of ERISA. In addition, GINA section 101(f) requires the Secretary to issue regulations to carry out GINA’s amendments.

Alternatives: Alternatives will be considered following a determination of the scope and nature of the regulatory guidance needed by the public.

Anticipated Costs and Benefits: Preliminary estimates of the anticipated costs and benefits will be developed, as appropriate, following a determination regarding the alternatives to be considered.

Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
Request for Information  10/10/2008  73 FR 60208 
Request for Information Comment Period End  12/09/2008   
Interim Final Rule  10/07/2009  74 FR 51664 
Interim Final Rule Effective  12/07/2009   
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  01/05/2010   
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Amy J. Turner
Senior Advisor
Department of Labor
Employee Benefits Security Administration
Room N5677, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., FP Building, Room N-5653,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-8335
Fax:202 219-1942

 
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