Idaho Genetic Counselors Will Need License According to Bill
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation requiring genetic counselors to be licensed in Idaho has cleared both chambers in the Statehouse.
The Idaho House approved the licensing bill 45-25 on Tuesday. The proposal is now headed to the governor's desk.
The legislation creates a licensing system by having a three-member oversight board, as well as licensing requirements for genetic counselors. Republican Rep. Fred Wood of Burley says the proposal will help ensure that genetic information is used appropriately while providing medical care.
Genetic counseling is also used for assessing risk of disease, educating individuals about their family history and disease management.
Wood added that 19 other states have created similar genetic counseling licenses. An estimated 70 counselors are expected to apply for a license in Idaho.