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Kaiser Family Foundation

February, 2012’s annual student essay contest is open for just two more weeks!


First Place: $1,500+ iPad2

Second Place: $750

March 12

REMINDER: Essay Submissions are due two weeks from today, Monday, March 12, at 5 p.m.

Students are invited to submit an original essay on the topic below for a chance to win $1,500 and a new iPad 2. Deadline for submission is March 12, 2012.

Different elements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) will have broad reaching implications for many sectors of the health system, including insurance coverage, public programs, costs, quality of care, technology, public health, and health care workforce. Describe an element of the ACA that you feel will have a major impact on either health or health care (positive or negative). Explain why you think it is important and then discuss the major challenges in its implementation as well as its likely impact once it is put into practice.


  • Eligibility - Submissions will be accepted from undergraduate and graduate-level students enrolled in a university-based, degree-granting program at the time of submission.
  • Essay length - Essays must not exceed 1,000 words in length and must be original work, prepared independently by one author only.
  • Essay submission – All entries must be submitted online. Emails will not be accepted.
  • Deadline - All essays must be submitted by March 12, 2012,
    5 p.m. ET.
  • Judging - All entries will be reviewed by a panel of professionals with experience in health policy and politics. This year's final judges are Julie Rovner of NPR, Sheila Burke of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, Andrew Bindman of the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, and Drew Altman and Diane Rowland of the Kaiser Family Foundation. Winners will be notified by May 1, 2012.
  • Prizes - Undergraduate and graduate students will be judged separately. First-place winners will be awarded $1,500 and an iPad 2; second-place winners will receive $750.

Additional information and complete rules and requirements are available online. You can also read winning essays from previous contests online.

Facebook Follow what’s happening on and receive updates about the Essay Contest on Facebook., a free website of the Kaiser Family Foundation, provides a wide range of educational materials and resources on major areas of health care policy, designed for students and faculty. The site has several health reform materials, including tutorials and issue modules that would be useful for students researching the essay question. Additionally, the Foundation’s Health Reform Source features research, analysis, and polling on the ACA from the Foundation as well as other sources.

The Kaiser Family Foundation, a leader in health policy analysis, health journalism and communication, is dedicated to filling the need for trusted, independent information on the major health issues facing our nation and its people. The Foundation is a non-profit private operating foundation, based in Menlo Park, California.


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