California HealthCare Foundation and Kaiser Family Foundation Join Forces to Produce California Healthline

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OAKLAND, Calif. & MENLO PARK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The California HealthCare Foundation and the Henry J. Kaiser Family
Foundation have agreed to establish a new partnership that will take
over daily publication of California Healthline (CHL) beginning in late
January 2016. CHL is the California HealthCare Foundation’s free, daily
digest of health care policy news and opinion for our nation’s largest
state. CHL will be produced by the Kaiser Family Foundation’s
editorially independent nonprofit news service, Kaiser Health News
(KHN), which will be responsible for the publication’s editorial
content. KHN is the nation’s leading source for in-depth news on health
care policy and politics. With support from the California HealthCare
Foundation, Kaiser Health News will expand CHL’s editorial staff and
hire additional journalists based in California. The goal is to provide
useful and informative coverage of the state’s health care system.

This partnership continues the California HealthCare Foundation’s
longstanding support of health care journalism and its commitment to
providing timely, relevant information to policymakers in California’s
health policy community. This new partnership ensures that CHL will
continue to serve its core audiences in government, industry, academia,
and the media by distributing digests and original content through CHL
and on californiahealthline.org. The
partnership enables CHL to expand its readership and statewide footprint
by producing more original reporting and disseminating content through
KHN’s California and national media partners and through social
media. All original CHL content will be created and edited by Kaiser
Health News and made freely available for republishing. Many syndication
options will be available for media outlets.

“This partnership begins an exciting new era for California Healthline,”
said Sandra R. Hernández, president and CEO of the California HealthCare
Foundation. “Over the past 16 years, CHL has developed a loyal following
within California, helping public and private sector health policy
leaders stay informed with timely, accurate information about the
constantly changing health care landscape. We are confident our readers
will be well served by the Kaiser Health News team’s unwavering
commitment to the highest journalistic standards and its impressive
distribution channels.”

“This is a great opportunity to add a larger California dimension to KHN
and form an exciting new partnership with the California HealthCare
Foundation, which shares our commitment to providing the best possible
health policy information to the public,” said Kaiser Family Foundation
President and CEO Drew Altman.

Based in the Kaiser Family Foundation’s office in Washington, D.C.,
Kaiser Health News has expanded its reporting capacity beyond the
Capital Beltway through partnerships with National Public Radio and its
member stations, regional and national news organizations, the PBS
NewsHour, CNN, and several California health care foundations. The CHL
partnership will expand Kaiser Health News’s West Coast reporting
capacity and highlight California’s outsized influence on the nation’s
health care system. The project will help the California HealthCare
Foundation and Kaiser Family Foundation achieve their goals of producing
and disseminating information to help policymakers, health industry
leaders, and the public to understand and improve the health care
system. Stay tuned for announcements regarding this new initiative early
next year.

This partnership agreement does not include iHealthBeat, CHL’s sister
newsletter on health information technology. The California HealthCare
Foundation is investigating arrangements to enable iHealthBeat’s
continued publication.

For more on the partners, visit the California HealthCare Foundation at www.chcf.org,
Kaiser Family Foundation at www.kff.org,
and Kaiser Health News at www.khn.org.

Contacts

California HealthCare Foundation
Sally Mudd, 510-495-4582
Director
of Communications
smudd@chcf.org
or
Kaiser
Family Foundation
Rakesh Singh, 650-854-9400
VP of
Communications
rsingh@kff.org