KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION RECEIVES GRANT FROM THE SCAN FOUNDATION TO PROVIDE COVERAGE OF HEALTH ISSUE

November 27, 2008

KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION RECEIVES GRANT FROM THE SCAN FOUNDATION TO PROVIDE COVERAGE OF HEALTH ISSUES FACING NATION�S SENIOR POPULATION

Three-Year Funding Will Provide Resources for Kaiser Health News to Develop Editorial Content Including a Focus on Long-Term Care

Menlo Park and Long Beach, Calif. � The Kaiser Family Foundation and The SCAN Foundation agreed on a funding arrangement that will enable the forthcoming Kaiser Health News (KHN) service to provide in-depth coverage of health care issues of concern to America�s senior population.

The three-year commitment from The SCAN Foundation will result in coverage of health care issues affecting the nation�s age 65 and older population, including longer-form articles, interviews, webcasts and other web-based materials. Topics covered will include long-term care, Medicare and other health coverage for seniors, affordability, and delivery of care for seniors among others.

�When you think about the range of challenges facing the American health system, the first-of-its-kind dedicated funding from The SCAN Foundation will help ensure that Kaiser Health News will have the needed resources to cover the many difficult health policy issues that impact seniors,� said Kaiser’s Senior Vice President for Media and Public Education Matt James.

�Supporting initiatives like Kaiser Health News is fundamental to our mission of stimulating public engagement and developing effective policies addressing senior health needs,� said SCAN Foundation Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Bruce Chernof. �KHN will be vital in helping to inform and stimulate the discussion between health professionals, policymakers, and the public about critical issues like how to expand and pay for long-term care.�

The Kaiser Family Foundation recently announced that it will launch 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 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.

All news content will be available for free on a new Web site, www.kaiserhealthnews.org. KHN will also enter into partnerships with news organizations to jointly produce and publish articles, and will provide content for syndication to news organizations in the U.S. and around the world, free of charge.

KHN will be helmed by two award-winning, veteran health care journalists, Laurie McGinley and Peggy Girshman, who will also make all editorial decisions. Over the next several months, a team of full-time journalists will be hired and top freelance journalists will be recruited to write stories and series for distribution through KHN. An advisory board of prominent leaders in the journalism community, to be announced at a later date, will provide guidance to KHN.

The Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit private operating foundation, based in Menlo Park, California, dedicated to producing and communicating the best possible information, research and analysis on health issues.

The SCAN Foundation is an independent nonprofit foundation dedicated to advancing the development of a sustainable continuum of quality care for seniors that integrates medical treatment and human services in the settings most appropriate to their needs and with the greatest likelihood of a healthy, independent life. The SCAN Foundation supports programs that stimulate public engagement, develop realistic public policy and financing options, and disseminate promising care models and technologies. The SCAN Foundation was created through a contribution by SCAN Health Plan, a nonprofit Medicare Advantage organization based in California.
www.thescanfoundation.org

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