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The Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit organization focusing on national health issues, as well as the U.S. role in global health policy. Unlike grant-making foundations, KFF develops and runs its own policy analysis, journalism and communications programs, sometimes in partnership with major news organizations. KFF serves as a non-partisan source of facts, analysis and journalism for policymakers, the media, the health policy community and the public. Our product is information, always provided free of charge — from the most sophisticated policy research, to basic facts and numbers, to in depth health policy news coverage provided by our news service, KHN, to information young people can use to improve their health or the general public can use to understand the health reform law. The modern day KFF was established in the early 1990s with its current mission and operating style. It is not associated with Kaiser Permanente.
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This essay discusses the choices we have made about our mission and operating style. Of course, I believe deeply in what we are doing at KFF, but I offer this with the caveat that our choices are not necessarily the right ones for others. Each foundation and non-profit organization has a different set of opportunities by virtue of its history and donor intent, its size, geographic location, its board CEO and staff, and other factors. I have always believed that our society is best served by having a wide range of us doing different things. Organizations also evolve and change (and should). And those of us in health care should be very humble about what we can achieve in a three plus trillion dollar health system dominated by money and politics and both think big, while crafting our mission and program strategies with that in mind. Read the essay.

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