Kaiser Family, Other Non-Profits Launching Health News Services

Sensing a void in health-care policy news coverage, the non-profit Kaiser Foundation is jumping on a recent trend and starting its own web-based news service, NYT reports. Kaiser, which focuses almost exclusively on the subject of national health-care concerns, plans to form content-sharing arrangements with a variety of media outlets. The service will build on Kaiser’s existing site, which includes aggregated news reports and policy papers. That site has about 100,000 daily pageviews and 55,000 subscribers.
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Filling the void: Health-care legislation is expected to be a top priority for the incoming Obama Administration, which is one reason for the foundation’s interest in launching the service quickly. The partnership with newspapers also is, in part, a reaction to a perceived lack of attention by the press; a joint Kaiser/Pew Research Center