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The Forums Institute for Public Policy Issue Briefs

The New Jersey League of Women Voters convened a nonpartisan, off-the-record gathering of policymakers from across the state in 1992 to discuss the potential impact on New Jersey of health care reform changes proposed at the national level. In 1993, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provided funding to the League of Women Voters of New Jersey Education Fund to sponsor the Capitol Forums on Health & Medical Care, a series of nonpartisan policy forums about health care in New Jersey.  The Forums Institute for Public Policy was established in 1997 as a nonprofit organization to administer the New Jersey Policy Forums on Health and Medical Care.

Issue briefs developed for the New Jersey Policy Forums on Health and Medical Care were deposited with the New Jersey State Library when the Forums Institute for Public Policy closed its doors in 2009.  The New Jersey League of Women Voters transferred the copyright for earlier issue briefs to us as well. The entire collection of issue briefs are available online in PDF format.

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Issue Brief Number Title Date
1 Maintaining a commitment -- access to hospital care October 1992
2 New Jersey's health care reform legislation: summary and comments February 1993
3 Health care purchasing power in New Jersey April 1993
4 Managed care -- keystone of the health care delivery system in the 1990s? February 1994
5 Medicaid managed care March 1994
6 Medicaid funding of chronic and long term care -- and Databook May 1994
7 National initiatives and implications for New Jersey health care reform: an unfolding saga September 1994
8 Public oversight of managed care October 1994
9 The uninsured -- an unresolved problem April 1995
10 Restructuring health care delivery in New Jersey April 1995
11 Quality assurance -- guidelines and measurement June 1995
12 How will New Jersey fund charity care & subsidized health insurance after December 31? October 1995
13 The numbers game: how data shapes health care priorities & funding January 1996
14 The relationship of ethics & economics in the evolving health care delivery system March 1996
15 Public health at the crossroads: past, present, future. Part I: national, state, and local overview June 1996
16 Public health at the crossroads: past, present, future. Part II: the urban-suburban connection July 1996
17 Will the business and financial realities of the 21st century eliminate the role of state government in health care decision making? Part I: not-for-profits -- viable or obsolete? October 1996
18 Will the business and financial realities of the 21st century eliminate the role of state government in health care decision making? Part II: conversions -- process, protection, profit December 1996
19 Does New Jersey need to renew its commitment to the health of our children? Part I: 0-10 years of age - safety net? February 1997
20 Does New Jersey neet to renew its commitment to the health of our children and adolescents? Part II: 10-18 years of age - safety net? March 1997
21 Look who's looking at New Jersey: why? what? how? June 1997
22 Must data be so deadly: how should information inform health policy decision-making? September 1997
23 The uninsured: an ongoing unresolved problem - funding charity care in New Jersey October 1997
  The Issue Brief Review 1997 1997
24 Mental health policy in a managed care environment: implications for access, quality and cost December 1997
25 From policy to people: the implementation maze. New Jersey KidCare: a case process February 1998
26 Free market or "Free-for-All": competition, regulation and consumer protections June 1998
27 Where does the "public" fit into "public policy"? Trigger points, access, impact September 1998
28 Health information confidentiality: are we sleeping while technology erodes our privacy? November 1998
29 Demographics, diversity and accountability: the health of New Jersey's communities in 1999 February 1999
30 Public oversight of managed health care: coverage-consolidation-costs and [supplement?] April 1999
31 Health care policy trends in the next millennium: the issues shaping our future September 1999
32 New Jersey's public health agenda for the next millenium: healthy New Jersey 2010 December 1999
33 The future of employer-based health plans March 2000
34 Reaching out to the uninsured: New Jersey's initiatives to expand health insurance coverage September 2000
35 New Jersey public health financing in a changing environment: implications for policymakers December 2000
36 The nursing workforce shortage: impacts on health and medical care in New Jersey April 2001
37 Limited access and high costs. What can New Jersey do about prescription drugs? September 2001
38 Hot health policy issues for state policymakers -- what's new and different for 2002 February 2002
39 Domestic preparedness in the age of terrorism: the roles of public health and emergency response systems April 2002
40 Domestic preparedness in the age of terrorism: the roles of public health and emergency response systems May 2002
41 Medical malpractice insurance in 2002: crisis or opportunity for New Jersey policymakers? October 2002
42 Calming the perfect storm -- health care quality initiatives in 2002 December 2002
43 Coverage initiatives and programs for New Jersey's uninsured: survival in the time of budget deficits and cutbacks February 2003
44 The status of New Jersey's employer-based health insurance coverage June 2003
45 Employer-sponsored health insurance coverage part II: regulatory issues September 2003
46 Public health and emergency preparedness systems and resources: issues and status in 2004 March 2004
47 Public health and emergency preparedness in New Jersey: part II June 2004
48 An overview of charity care in New Jersey -- past, present and future September 2004
49 The values that underline states' health care decision-making November 2004
50 2005 hot health policy issues for state policymakers February 2005
51 Financing long-term care in New Jersey and across the nation May 2005
52 Long-term care in New Jersey -- part II: from medicaid reform to balancing federal, state and personal responsibility September 2005
53 Universal health care in Massachusetts: implications for New Jersey July 2006
54 The health policy landscape: 2007 and beyond April 2007
55 The more things change, the more they stay the same: fifteen years of Issue Briefs from New Jersey Policy Forums January 2008