History and Mission

“KFF has evolved into a one-of-a-kind information organization that brings together health policy analysis, polling, journalism, and specialized public information campaigns. We are now a unique organization that serves as a nonpartisan source of information for policymakers, the media, the health policy community, and the public.” 

– Drew Altman, Ph.D. President and CEO

KFF is the independent source for health policy research, polling, and journalism. Originally founded in 1948 by the American industrialist, Henry J. Kaiser, the organization is now a leading provider of health information through its four major program areas: KFF Policy; KFF Polling; KFF Health News (formerly known as Kaiser Health News, or KHN); and KFF Social Impact Medica, which conducts specialized public health information campaigns.  

In 1991, Dr. Drew Altman became the president and chief executive officer, and founded the modern-day KFF. Over the past 30-plus years, in collaboration with the Board of Trustees, Dr. Altman transformed KFF from a family foundation into a public charity with the mission, expertise, and programs that it’s known for today.   


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KFF Headquarters: 185 Berry St., Suite 2000, San Francisco, CA 94107 | Phone 650-854-9400
Washington Offices and Barbara Jordan Conference Center: 1330 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005 | Phone 202-347-5270

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The independent source for health policy research, polling, and news, KFF is a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, California.