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Kaiser Family Foundation Launches New Non-Profit Health Policy News Service
Date:5/31/2009

Kaiser Health News Will Provide In-Depth Reporting on Major Health Policy Issues

MENLO PARK, Calif., June 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the midst of a major federal health reform debate and the ongoing financial turmoil in the media industry, the Kaiser Family Foundation officially launched Kaiser Health News (KHN) today to provide a new source of in-depth reporting on major health issues. KHN is staffed by experienced health policy journalists and editors, and will feature contributions from a wide array of leading health policy commentators and independent journalists.

KHN will distribute in-depth stories, news summaries, interviews and multimedia content through its Web site, www.kaiserhealthnews.org, and through partnerships with leading news organizations, including The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, NPR News and The New Republic.

"Our mission and our challenge with Kaiser Health News is to do in-depth coverage of health policy that informs and explains and that increasingly cannot be done in the mainstream news business," said Kaiser President and CEO Drew Altman.

KHN is a major program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a non-partisan, non-profit, private operating foundation dedicated to producing and communicating the best possible analysis and information on health issues. All KHN content is available to other news organizations and the public free of charge.

KHN is headed by Executive Editors Laurie McGinley, formerly of The Wall Street Journal, and Peggy Girshman, previously of Congressional Quarterly and NPR. They will have responsibility for all editorial decisions about news content. KHN will begin with a team of 18, including newly-hired journalists and staff from the Foundation's health information service, kaisernetwork.org, which has been
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