Nancy Kassebaum


Item Description From The National Archives:

Senate Roll Call for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, August 2, 1996 

As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, Senator Kennedy became the voice of support in the Senate in favor of health insurance coverage for Americans who change or lose their job. Senator Kennedy and Senator Nancy Kassebaum [R-KS] introduced the Senate version of a bill which eventually resulted in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). This roll call shows the unanimous vote in favor of passing HIPAA and is a testament to Kennedy’s legislative influence in the Senate.

RG 46, Records of the U.S. Senate

HIPAA was signed into public law by President Bill Clinton 18 years ago this month on August 21, 1996. To learn more about HIPAA’s legislative history and to view the full bill text and all roll call votes, visit

Currently, HIPAA is more well known for its privacy rules concerning certain health information belonging to a patient. You can learn more about its statutes by visiting the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services website.