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Policy Center Notes Oct - Dec 2013

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OCTOBER - DECEMBER 2013 POLICY CENTER Notes Robert Wood Johnson Foundation www.meharryhealthpolicy.org Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College Health Policy News Obama Asks Supreme Court to Review Contraception Mandate Ruling The Obama administration has asked the Supreme Court to decide whether for-profit companies can claim religious exemption to the Affordable Care Act instead of being mandated to provide full contraceptive coverage for their employees. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. is at the forefront of challenging the law based on religious grounds. For full report, click here. Medicaid/CHIP Participation Rates on the Rise According to a report by the Urban Institute, Medicaid/ Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) participation rates among children are on the rise. Since 2008, participation rates have risen by 5.5 percentage points based on data findings from the American Community Survey. For full report, click here. SCHOLAR Spotlight Center Welcomes 2013 Health Policy Fellows For Briana Adsit and Mia Keeys, the journey to earning a doctorate degree from Vanderbilt University began long before the fall of 2013. Adsit and Keeys are the newest Health Policy Doctoral Fellows to join the RWJF Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College. Keeys and Adsit are first-year students pursuing a PhD in sociology and economics, respectively. They will join nine other Fellows in the fields of economics, political science, and sociology at Vanderbilt University, seeking to influence health policy after their five-year studies. Adsit graduated cum laude from the University of Dallas with a bachelor's degree in economics and finance and a concentration in business. She studied abroad for a semester in Rome, Italy at the University of Dallas Eugene Constantin campus, learning survival Italian in the process. Keeys, a Cheyney University Keystone Honors Academy graduate, majored in English and psychology and studied abroad in Ghana, West Africa. Heavily influenced by her Hispanic heritage growing up in Spring, Texas, Briana Adsit, or "Bree" as she likes to be called, became CONTINUED ON PAGE 3 CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 1

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