About The Forum


The National Health Policy Forum sought to contribute to a better-informed policymaking process by providing information and opportunities for dialogue for federal health policy staff in pursuit of a high-quality health care system that improves health and is affordable, equitable, efficient, and sustainable.


Headed by its founder, Judith Miller Jones, the Forum's staff comprised a small group of health policy analysts with a wide range of technical knowledge and experience gained by work in the public and private sectors. The Forum held a fierce commitment to independence and neutrality, and believed that giving policymakers practical and balanced information in a press-free zone would lead to better decisions. Forum operations were funded primarily by private foundations. The organization was based at the George Washington University under the Office of the Vice President for Research.


The Forum provided a learning environment for federal health policy staff in which they could explore the issues, challenges, and trade-offs of health policy decisions, without the glare of the media or the pressure of special interest groups.

Our programming offered opportunities to forge bipartisan relationships among staff of the Congress, the executive branch, and key influencers of the health policy community. We developed Forum meetings, publications, and site visits that gave participants access to experts and thought leaders and brought policy issues to life. Our content addressed the range of staff needs, from basic education on specific policies, programs, and issues, to complex analyses of the health care system, including information from important research studies, demonstrations, and innovative community efforts.


The Forum's core audience was congressional staff from committees, member offices, and support agencies, and executive branch staff from relevant departments and agencies. Key agencies and offices included: the Congressional Budget Office; the U.S. Government Accountability Office; the Congressional Research Service; the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission; the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission; various offices within the Office of the Secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Health Resources and Services Administration; and other federal offices and departments such as the Office of Management and Budget, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Department of Justice.


The National Health Policy Forum's three most recent annual reports are available below.

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