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Explainer: Effort to Encourage Doctor-Patient Conversations on Addiction

Lilo H. Stainton | August 9, 2016 | Explainer

Latest push focuses on young patients but must overcome Assembly opposition

Explainer: Alzheimer’s NJ Goes Solo But Still Offers Same Services

Lilo H. Stainton | July 26, 2016 | Explainer
Nonprofit split from national umbrella group because it feared losing control of assets and programs
Explainer: Who Is Helped by New Jersey’s Charity Care Program?
Lilo H. Stainton | July 5, 2016 | Healthcare, Explainer
Despite Medicaid expansion, there are some 1.1 million NJ residents -- including more than 100,00 kids under the age of 18 -- who have no health insurance
Explainer: What New Jersey’s Graduating Seniors Need to Know
Colleen O'Dea | June 28, 2016 | Explainer
Students who don’t pass or take the PARCC exams have a veritable alphabet soup of alternative tests, from ACT to PSAT/NMSQT -- and can also submit a portfolio of their work
Explainer: Separating Rubbish from Reality for NJ’s Recycling
Meir Rinde | June 21, 2016 | Explainer
Politics and economics combine to make it hard to keep waste out of the environment
Explainer: Pooling State and Federal Funds to Keep NJ’s Water Clean
Tom Johnson | June 14, 2016 | Explainer
The New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust leverages available money to make low-interest loans to finance clean-water projects
Explainer: What Changes May Be Coming to Wages and Benefits in New Jersey?
Tara Nurin | June 7, 2016 | Explainer
Gov. Christie may veto a bill raising the minimum to $15.10 an hour by 2021; employer associations oppose the legislation
Explainer: How Fresh Is ‘Jersey Fresh,’ and Is It Really from Jersey?
Carly Sitrin | May 24, 2016 | Explainer
For more than three decades, Jersey Fresh has guaranteed quality and told consumers they were getting the best of the Garden State
Explainer: Getting the Facts on Funding for NJ’s Charter Schools
Meir Rinde | May 17, 2016 | Explainer
Charter advocates often argue their schools are not being fully funded; opponents point out that charters take money away from district schools
Explainer: How the Census Gathers Data on a Dizzying Array of Facts, Figures
Colleen O'Dea | May 10, 2016 | Explainer
The real work is done by the American Community Survey, which builds up a database of everything from homes without kitchens to income of occupants
Explainer: Safeguarding Water in Four States for 15 Million People
Jon Hurdle | May 3, 2016 | Energy & Environment, Explainer
Under stewardship of Delaware River Basin Commission, the river and its tributaries have made a strong comeback -- as annual shad run shows
Explainer: What Rutgers New Health System Means to Medical Care in NJ
Tara Nurin | April 19, 2016 | Explainer
Equipped with thousands of doctors, a dozen medical-training schools, and two hospital partnerships, the university is uniting its clinical facilities under the Rutgers Health umbrella
Explainer: Protecting New Jersey’s Power Grid Against Cyberattacks
Tom Johnson | April 5, 2016 | Explainer
Cyberterrorism could dwarf the damage done by extreme storms like Hurricane Sandy, shutting down the grid indefinitely
Explainer: Working Together to Preserve New Jersey’s Precious Water Supply
Jon Hurdle | March 22, 2016 | Explainer
Groups join forces for Delaware River Watershed Initiative covering area reaching from upstate NY to Delaware Bay
Explainer: What's Behind High Court Hearing on Cost-of-Living Adjustments?
John Reitmeyer | March 8, 2016 | Explainer
The governor and Legislature decided COLA payments to retired state workers could be suspended. What will the Supreme Court have to say on that score?
Explainer: SBC -- A Well-Intentioned Surcharge All Too Easy to Divert
Tom Johnson | March 1, 2016 | Explainer
Rather than funding clean energy as intended, the revenues have been used like an ATM by the administration and legislators
Explainer: NJ’s Welfare Programs Pay Well Below Federal Poverty Level
Colleen O'Dea | February 23, 2016 | Explainer
Qualifying family of three receives just $424 per month, although other help – such as housing subsidies – is also available
Explainer: Christie’s New Anti-Addiction Efforts Taking Shape in a Hurry
Lilo H. Stainton | February 9, 2016 | Healthcare, Explainer
Several programs outlined in governor’s State of the State are already underway
Explainer: Tough Anti-Bullying Law Guides Schools in Dealing with Harassment
John Mooney | February 2, 2016 | Explainer
Legislation enacted after Rutgers student’s suicide later spurred probe of violent hazing involving Sayerville football team
Explainer: The Split Over Making Quarterly Payments to Employee-Pension System
John Reitmeyer | January 26, 2016 | Explainer
Democrats want to bring the pension payments issue directly to the people with a constitutional ballot question, while Republicans argue more payments would force state to borrow
Explainer: Changing Nature of New Jersey’s Electric Utility Sector
Tom Johnson | January 19, 2016 | Explainer
We’re witnessing the transformation of a century-old industry sector, most likely to the benefit of customers
Explainer: Port Authority Oversees Region’s Trade and Key Transportation Links
Lilo H. Stainton | January 5, 2016 | Explainer
In addition to airports and passenger rail, agency is responsible for billions in revenues, millions of tons of freight, and hundreds of thousands of jobs
Explainer: Certificate of Need Determines Fate of Healthcare Facilities in NJ
Andrew Kitchenman | December 15, 2015 | Explainer
State has overseen healthcare regulation since 1971, but long process can leave hospital officials, local residents frustrated
Explainer: Advocates Argue for Full-Day Kindergarten in New Jersey
Meir Rinde | December 8, 2015 | Explainer
Does the Garden State suffer from a ‘kindergarten gap’ that could hold back the state’s youngest students?
Explainer: Managing Growth While Protecting Garden State’s Water Quality
Tom Johnson | December 1, 2015 | Energy & Environment, Explainer
The DEP claims its new sewer-planning proposal gives local authorities more say in the process, but environmentalists call it another rollback
Explainer: Looking at PARCC, As Much-Debated Testing Enters Second Year
John Mooney | November 24, 2015 | Explainer
NJ students taking the online exams this year will do it in single testing period, rather than two separate sessions
Explainer: What It Takes to Secure Rare Gubernatorial Veto Override In NJ …
John Reitmeyer | November 17, 2015 | Explainer
… and why lawmakers are on the verge of doing it for the first time in nearly 20 years
Explainer: Crime Victims in New Jersey Have Strong Legal Protections
Colleen O'Dea | November 10, 2015 | Explainer
Far-reaching legislation and a constitutional amendment guarantee array of rights and provide support during criminal-justice process
Explainer: What’s a Freeholder? NJ’s Unusual County Government System
Meir Rinde | October 27, 2015 | Explainer
With roots stretching at least to the 17th century, the Garden State’s unique system of freeholders, sheriffs, and surrogates can be a challenge
Explainer: What You Should Know About Health Insurer Networks, Tiered Coverage
Andrew Kitchenman | October 20, 2015 | Explainer
Horizon’s new OMNIA insurance plan spurs healthcare policy debates and legislative action
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