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Essay contest

The Kaiser Family Foundation invites undergraduate and graduate students to submit 1,000-word essays on the likely effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

In 2012, several new aspects of the act will go into effect, including an effort to collect data and fight racial and ethnic health disparities and new systems that encourage health-care providers to better coordinate patient care. Essays can explore these or any other aspects of the act, and its potential effect on some facet of U.S. health or health care, such as insurance coverage, care costs and quality.

Psychology students may be particularly interested in exploring the ramifications of integrating psychologists into interdisciplinary health-care teams and ensuring access to mental and behavioral health care.

A panel of national health-care experts will judge the essays for policy analysis, strength of argument, creativity, writing and style. The first place winner will receive $1,500 and an iPad 2. Submit essays online by March 12.