This year the forum features a keynote address by Bill Clinton and speeches by Newt Gingrich, outgoing HHS head Tommy Thompson, Mel Watt and Gov. Mike Easley, as well as discussions on state and national healthcare, Medicare, Medicaid, drug prescriptions and health. The Feb. 7 keynote speech and dinner with Clinton will be held at the N.C. Museum of Art. Tickets for the dinner are $250; tickets to the forum are $175 and $50 for students. Visit www.emergingissues.org for more information.