Does DNA Test results have health insurance consequences?

I read an article in the NY Times that the FDA had warned or even stopped certain companies from selling DNA analysis for health testing. I’m just curious why these companies would be any different than getting tested say by going through a Dr’s Office, also what could the consequences be if Health Insurance companies got a hold of this information. Could it potentially stop someone from being insured if they are known to carry a certain genetic disposition to a certain illness?


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Sally Jones
Hi Rich,

The only DNA Ancestry test that even tests for health-related information is 23andMe. And the FDA has placed restrictions on what types of genetic conditions they can test for. But 23andMe’s privacy policy states that it doesn’t share your results with health insurance companies. I’d encourage you to read their policy for more information. Thanks for your question!