Essay Contest: Next Steps in Health Reform :: Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation


January 19, 2011

Essay Contest: Next Steps in Health Reform





First Place -- $1,500

Second Place -- $750

February 28, 2011

Complete rules and requirements are available online.

It’s time for’s annual essay contest! For its fifth annual contest, kaiserEDU challenges students to submit an original essay on the topic below for a chance to win $1,500. Deadline for submission is February 28, 2011.

In March 2010, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). There has been extensive debate over the law and Americans remain divided about what lawmakers should do going forward. Some favor expansion of the law, some want to leave it as is and focus on implementation, and some want to repeal parts of or the entire law. You’ve just been hired as a health aide to member of Congress (choose one) who has asked you to prepare a memo summarizing what the next steps should be on health reform. In 1,000 words or less, please explain and justify your recommendations, identify major challenges, and discuss how they could be addressed.


  • 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 by one author only.
  • Essay submission - Entries must be submitted online only. No emails will be accepted.
  • Deadline - All essays must be submitted by February 28, 2011, 5 p.m. ET.
  • Judging - Entries will be judged by a panel of professionals with experience in health policy and politics from inside and outside the Kaiser Family Foundation. Winners will be notified by April 15, 2011.
  • Prizes - Undergraduate and graduate students will be judged separately and first-place winners will be awarded $1,500; second-place winners will receive $750.

For more information and complete rules and requirements, visit . is a free website which 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 resources for students researching the essay question. Additionally, resources on the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Health Reform Source feature research, analysis, information and polling on the health reform law and implementation from the Kaiser Family Foundation as well as other sources.

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The Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit, private operating foundation dedicated to providing information and analysis on health care issues to policymakers, the media, the health care community and the general public. The Foundation is not associated with Kaiser Permanente or Kaiser Industries.

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