Joel is leading a SHARE-funded project that will evaluate the impact of state policies to extend eligibility for dependent coverage to young adults, analyzing (1) how variations in key access and cost provisions of state laws influence the coverage of targeted young adults; and (2) how the dependent coverage provisions of the PPACA affect coverage of young adults as the provisions are phased in over 2010 and 2011.
Joel also led a SHARE-funded study as part of SHARE's first round of grant awards in which he explored dependent coverage expansions at the state level, evaluating the policies themselves along with their coverage impacts. Click here to learn more about Joel's previous SHARE research.
Joel is the Director of the Center for State Health Policy and Professor of Public Policy at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Joel’s research focuses on issues of health care coverage, financing, and delivery at the state and local levels. His work includes studies of health insurance market regulation, state health system performance, and access to care for low-income and minority populations.
Joel has published widely in the health policy and health services research literature, and is a member of the editorial board of the policy journal Inquiry. Among his publications, Joel co-authored the 2009 Commonwealth Fund Scorecard on State Health System Performance. He is currently leading several studies on health policy issues of importance to New Jersey, including research on the effectiveness of state policies requiring insurance companies to extend dependent coverage to young adults and an evaluation of strategies for improving the quality of hospital care.
Additional Professional Roles
Joel serves frequently as an advisor on health policy matters to New Jersey state government. He was appointed by Governor Corzine to the New Jersey Commission on Rationalizing New Jersey's Health Care Resources in 2007 and served as chairman of the New Jersey Mandated Health Benefit Advisory Commission from April 2004 to March 2009.
Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty in 1999, Joel served as director of research at the United Hospital Fund of New York and director of evaluation research at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.