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Kaiser Family Foundation to Launch Non-Profit Health Policy News Service
Date:10/29/2008

Top Journalists from the Wall Street Journal and Congressional Quarterly to Head Kaiser Health News

Service Will Provide Free, In-depth Coverage to Readers and News Organizations

MENLO PARK, Calif., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Kaiser Family Foundation is launching Kaiser Health News (KHN), an independent news service, to report on the nation's complex health care system and the increasingly urgent political and policy debates surrounding it.

The goal of the new effort is to provide in-depth coverage and news at a time when cash-strapped news organizations are being forced to scale back their efforts in this crucial area.

Kaiser Health News will be headquartered at Kaiser's Washington, D.C. building and be headed by two veteran journalists who have spent years covering health care. Laurie McGinley, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and editor, is the former deputy bureau chief for global economics and national health care policy correspondent at The Wall Street Journal. Peggy Girshman, an Emmy-winning editor and producer, is a former managing editor of National Public Radio and an executive editor at Congressional Quarterly.

The centerpiece of KHN will be in-depth stories on new developments in the health care system and on health care initiatives and debates in Washington and in state capitals. Supplementing the stories will be columns, video interviews, graphics, and multimedia features, as well as a daily synthesis of news stories from around the country - which Kaiser already provides.

"We are committed to making KHN a unique home and distribution vehicle for the very best in-depth journalism on health issues, a place people and other news organizations can go for stories and the most important changes occurring in health care and often mind-numbingly complex health policy debates," said Drew Altman, president and CEO of the Kaiser Family Foundation. "Journalists who work for KHN will have resources
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