The article discusses the Kassebaum-Kennedy bill, proposed U.S. legislation that became the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. The bill sought to resolve the issue of people who were denied health insurance because they changed employers. The law provides some protection for people changing employers, but does not allow them to take their health plan with them as the name implies. The law is less effective if people lose their jobs and suffer a period of unemployment or if their coverage lapses. The law also affords no protection to people who have had no previous insurance or who have had lapses in coverage exceeding 18 months.