2022 Archdiocese of Atlanta / Lay Employee Quick Guide - Flipbook - Page 38
2022 Health Plan Notices
* Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998
“Did you know that your plan, as required by the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998, provides
benefits for mastectomy – related services, including reconstruction and surgery to achieve symmetry between
the breasts, prosthesis, and complications resulting from a mastectomy (including lymphedema”).
Please call your plan administrator for more information. These benefits may be subject to annual deductibles,
co-insurance provisions or copays that are appropriate and consistent with other benefits under your plan.
* The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)
The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, also referred to as GINA, is a new federal law that
protects Americans from being treated unfairly because of differences in their DNA that may affect their health.
The new law prevents discrimination from health insurers and employers. The President signed the act into
federal law on May 21, 2008. The parts of the law relating to health insurers will take effect by May 2009, and
those relating to employers will take effect by November 2009.
Who needs protection from genetic discrimination?
Everyone should care about the potential for genetic discrimination. Every person has dozens of DNA
differences that could increase or decrease his or her chance of getting a disease such as diabetes, heart disease,
cancer or Alzheimer’s. It’s important to remember that these DNA differences don’t always mean someone will
develop a disease, just that the risk to get the disease may be greater.
More and more tests are being developed to find DNA differences that affect our health. These tests (called
genetic tests) will become a routine part of health care in the future. Health care providers will use information
about each person’s DNA to develop more individualized ways of detecting, treating and preventing disease.
But unless this DNA information is protected, it could be used to discriminate against people.
Why was the law needed?
The law was needed to help ease concerns about discrimination that might keep some people from getting
genetic tests that could benefit their health. The law also enables people to take part in research studies without
fear that their DNA information might be used against them in health insurance or the workplace.
For additional information about the above, please feel free to contact Ms. Lily Gallagher at 404-920-7485 or
Mrs. Rosa Montano-Parker at 404-920-7486.