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Kaiser Health News (KHN) is a nonprofit news service committed to in-depth coverage of health care policy and politics. And we report on how the health care system — hospitals, doctors, nurses, insurers, governments, consumers — works.

In addition to this website, our stories are published by news organizations throughout the country. Our site also features daily summaries of major health care news.

KHN is an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Menlo Park, Calif., that is dedicated to filling the need for trusted information on national health issues. Foundation President and CEO Drew Altman wrote this message about KHN when we launched in 2009.

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KHN accepts no advertising and all original content is available to other news organizations and the public free of charge.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation supports KHN’s coverage of health disparities in East Baltimore. The foundation aims to improve the lives of children, families and communities across the country.

The Blue Shield of California Foundation helps fund KHN coverage in California.  The foundation, funded by the insurer Blue Shield of California, seeks to improve Californians’ access to high-quality affordable health care and to end domestic violence.

The California Endowment helps fund KHN’s coverage of the Affordable Care Act in the state. The Endowment is a private, statewide health foundation with a mission to expand access to health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians.

The California Health Care Foundation supports KHN’s coverage of health policy news in California, which includes production of California Healthline’s site and newsletters. The foundation seeks to improve how the health care delivery system provides affordable care to California residents.

The California Wellness Foundation supports KHN’s work with California ethnic media. The foundation makes grants to promote Californians’ health, wellness education and disease prevention.

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation helps fund KHN’s coverage of end-of-life and serious illness issues. The foundation seeks to use philanthropy to achieve positive, measurable outcomes for future generations.

KHN’s coverage of late life and geriatric care is supported by The John A. Hartford Foundation, which aims to improve the lives of older adults.

KHN’s coverage of prescription drug development, costs and pricing is supported in part by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. The foundation aims to address the nation’s most pressing challenges using evidence-based, multidisciplinary approaches; its areas of investment include information transparency.

KHN’s coverage of aging and long-term care issues is supported in part by a grant from The SCAN Foundation, based in Long Beach, Calif. The SCAN Foundation is an independent nonprofit foundation dedicated to advancing a sustainable continuum of quality care for seniors that integrates medical treatment and human services with the greatest likelihood of a healthy, independent life.

Neither KHN nor the Kaiser Family Foundation is affiliated with the health insurance company Kaiser Permanente.


John Fairhall, Editor-In-Chief, was a reporter and editor at the Baltimore Sun for 27 years. As an assistant managing editor, he oversaw health and science coverage as well as projects. His investigative team was a Pulitzer finalist for its work on predatory practices in Baltimore’s ground-rent business. As city editor, he helped direct the paper’s coverage of the Washington-area sniper, which also was a Pulitzer finalist.

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KHN has a distinguished National Advisory Committee who include:

Chairman: Leonard Downie, Jr., the Weil Family Professor of Journalism at the Cronkite School of Journalism, Arizona State University; former executive editor, The Washington Post;

Jim Brady, CEO Stomping Ground and former editor-in-chief, Digital First Media;

Justin Ellis, Senior Editor, ESPN;

Mark Katches, editor, The Oregonian and VP for Content, Oregon Media Group; former editorial director for the Center for Investigative Reporting and California Watch;

Kevin Klose, professor and former dean of the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism, and former president of National Public Radio, Inc.;

Bill Kovach, founding chairman of Committee of Concerned Journalists, former executive editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution;

David Leonhardt, editor, The Upshot; former DC Bureau Chief, The New York Times;

Diana Mason, Rudin professor of nursing at Hunter College-Bellevue School of Nursing, City University of New York, and director of the Center for Health Media and Policy;

Kevin Merida, senior vice president, ESPN and editor-in-chief, The Undefeated; former managing editor, The Washington Post;

Arlene Morgan, visiting professor in the Department of Journalism and special assistant to the dean on external affairs, Temple University; former associate dean, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism;

Tom Rosenstiel, executive director, American Press Institute;

Evan Smith, CEO and editor-in-chief of the Texas Tribune;


  • Karen Dunlap, former president and trustee of the Poynter Institute;
  • Alberto Ibargüen, president and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation;
  • Charles Lewis, executive editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University
  • Cathy Trost, vice president, Exhibits, Programs & Media Relations, Newseum, founding director of the Casey Journalism Center on Children and Families.


All original KHN material – articles, graphics and videos – can be used for free, if you credit us and link to us. Our stories appear in The Washington Post, USA Today and in many other publications, and KHN also has a continuing partnership with NPR and public radio stations around the country.