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Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals Report Fourth Quarter and Fiscal-Year 2008 Results
Date:2/13/2009

elp us emerge from the current economic storm an even stronger leader in health care. As we move in that direction, we will keep focused on our highest priorities, the total health of our members and improving the health of our communities," added Lancaster.

Due to rising unemployment and the financial challenges facing our members and customers, total membership declined by approximately 30,000 members, or 0.3 percent, during the past year. As of December 31, 2008, there were more than 8.6 million members.

Consistent with its not-for-profit mission, KFHP/H uses its resources to support a wide range of community benefit programs. These programs provide care for low-income individuals and support community-based health partnerships, research, training, and community health organizations. In the fourth quarter of this year, a portion of KFHP/H's community benefit activities included 739 community benefit grants and donations. During 2008, KFHP/H provided approximately $1.2 billion to support its broad array of community benefit programs.

"Despite the economic challenges of the past year, we are not losing sight of our ongoing commitment to our communities. Those who are most vulnerable often suffer the most in difficult times such as these. We are working harder than ever to make sure that our community benefit programs provide the greatest tangible value to our communities," said Halvorson.

A leader in the use of information technology to improve health care, KFHP/H continues to expand its electronic health record system KP HealthConnect(TM) and its personal health record My Health Manager. All members can now securely access their personal health records online and communicate with their physicians and clinicians through My Health Manager on kp.org. In the fourth quarter of 2008, members sent more than 1.6 million secure messages to their Kaiser Permanente physicians and clinicia
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