What is Kaiser Health News?

KHN is an editorially independent news service covering health policy and politics. Our goal is to provide high-quality coverage of developments in Congress, the administration, the states, the marketplace and the health care delivery system. As part of the effort to increase coverage of important health care issues, KHN collaborates with major news organizations to produce articles and multimedia features. These appear in print, broadcast and online, including on this website.

In addition to this website, KHN collaborates with news organizations to jointly produce stories, and will provide content for syndication to news organizations in the U.S. and around the world, free of charge.

What type of stories does KHN publish?

KHN publishes both in-depth features and news and shorter articles on developments in the health care system and on national and local health care initiatives and issues. In addition, we have columns, video interviews, graphics, and multimedia features, as well as a daily synthesis of news stories from around the country.

How can I submit story ideas?

We look forward to hearing from readers. Please submit story ideas, questions or comments through the Contact Us form.

I am a freelance journalist, how can I submit story pitches?

We welcome freelance ideas from professional journalists if they are about health care politics and policy. Right now, we are not taking freelance video or audio pitches. Please Contact Us, Attn: Peggy Girshman.

I have an idea for a column, what do I do?

Please Contact Us, Attn: Peggy Girshman.

How can I partner with KHN?

If you are a news organization interested in a partnership with KHN, please Contact Us, Attn: Peggy Girshman.

How is KHN organized?

KHN is an operating program of the Kaiser Family Foundation. The Foundation serves in the role of publisher of KHN and provides primary financial support for KHN. All editorial decisions are made by KHN's editors. 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. Peggy Girshman, Executive Editor, is a former managing editor of National Public Radio and an Executive Editor at Congressional Quarterly. She has won two Peabody Awards for health policy coverage.

How is KHN related to the Kaiser Family Foundation?

KHN is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit private operating foundation, based in Menlo Park, Calif., dedicated to producing and communicating the best possible analysis and information on health issues.


How can I contact the Kaiser Family Foundation?

Please direct all inquiries to the Kaiser Family Foundation's Contact page.

Is there a relationship between KHN and Kaiser Permanente?

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

How do I find the archived Daily Report that was published on...?

Please use the following URL, and enter the specific date you're interested in (2-digit day, three-letter abbreviated month and 2-digit year)


Example: http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Daily-Report.aspx?reportdate=06-01-2009


Is Kaiser Health News content free to use?

Yes! As a nonprofit news service, KHN is uniquely positioned to allow other media outlets and other organizations to use its content and reprint stories, free of charge.


What is RSS?

RSS (or Really Simple Syndication) is a format for free content distribution from Web sites. RSS feeds of the Kaiser Health News contain either headlines, headlines and a short description, or the article's full text. All options link the story back to the full-text of articles on kaiserhealthnews.org.

How to Subscribe to the RSS feeds on Kaiser Health News

RSS requires a news reader or aggregator that displays RSS content feeds.

To add a feed to your Web-based news reader, select one of the news readers from the list provided. On the next page, if your preferred reader is not presented as an option in the list, click View Feed XML to copy the feed address and paste it into your RSS news reader.

Proper format and attribution is required whenever Kaiser Health News content is posted on your Web site. Viewing of these feeds is subject to kaiserhealthnews.org's Terms and Conditions.


What is a widget?

Widgets are self-contained pieces of code that act like a set of instructions telling your computer to perform a small task – in this case, retrieving content from KHN as it’s published. Widgets are free to use, so anyone can embed it, or copy the code and move it into, out of and around their blog, profile or Web site. They can also be embedded on social networking sites such as Facebook.


How can I post Kaiser Health News content on my Web site if I don’t have IT support?

It is not necessary to have IT support to use Kaiser Health News content. Simply copy and paste the headlines or stories you want on your site. Just remember to properly credit KHN, not edit the articles and link back to our site.