H.R. 3103 (104th): Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA; Pub.L. 104–191, 110 Stat. 1936, enacted August 21, 1996) was enacted by the United States Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996. It has been known as the Kennedy–Kassebaum Act or Kassebaum–Kennedy Act after two of its leading sponsors. Title I of HIPAA protects ...


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Mar 18, 1996
104th Congress, 1995–1996


Enacted — Signed by the President on Aug 21, 1996

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on August 21, 1996.


Pub.L. 104-191


Bill Archer

Representative for Texas's 7th congressional district



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Last Updated: Aug 2, 1996
Length: 168 pages


Mar 18, 1996

This is the first step in the legislative process.

Mar 19, 1996
Reported by Committee

A committee has issued a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

Mar 28, 1996
Passed House

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

Apr 23, 1996
Passed Senate with Changes

The Senate passed the bill with changes not in the House version and sent it back to the House to approve the changes.

Aug 1, 1996
Conference Report Agreed to by House

A conference committee was formed, comprising members of both the House and Senate, to resolve the differences in how each chamber passed the bill. The House approved the committee's report proposing the final form of the bill for consideration in both chambers. The Senate must also approve the conference report.

Aug 2, 1996
Conference Report Agreed to by Senate

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill.

Aug 21, 1996
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

H.R. 3103 (104th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

This bill was introduced in the 104th Congress, which met from Jan 4, 1995 to Oct 4, 1996. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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