The American Academy of Sleep Medicine joins the nation in mourning Senator Edward Kennedy and remembering his legacy. During his many years in public service, Senator Kennedy had an active role in shaping major legislation that stands today.

His legacy will be burnished by his championing of health care, which he described as "the cause of my life." During his established career in the Senate, he had an active role in shaping many health care-related initiatives, including the expansion of access to health care for children through S-CHIP and fair health coverage for the mentally ill.