Wednesday, December 16, 2015

WSJ: Employers Include Genetic Tests as a Wellness Benefit

The December 16, 2015 WSJ has a story discussing employers who are adding genetic testing as a Wellness Benefit for employees.   The full story is here.  In a brief extract, they write that:
Employers want workers to know what’s in their genes.  A handful of firms are offering employees free or subsidized tests for genetic markers associated with metabolism, weight gain and overeating, while companies such as Visa Inc., Slack Technologies Inc., Instacart Inc. recently began offering workers subsidized tests for genetic mutations linked to breast and ovarian cancer.  The programs provide employees with potentially life-saving information and offer counseling and coaching to prevent health problems down the road, benefits managers say....