The California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF)

The California HealthCare Foundation is an independent philanthropy committed to both helping consumers make informed health care decisions and improving the way healthcare is delivered and financed in California. Not only do they provide funding for many organizations doing good work in these areas, but also they provide a wealth of information and resources to consumers, policy makers, advocates, and other professionals through their website at Recently they added a new Medicare Drug Benefit resource area devoted solely to information on Medicare Part D.

The Medicare Drug Benefit area contains: top news articles on the drug coverage; a list of recent reports, papers, and resources from CHCF, and other organizations or government entities such as the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS); links to consumer resources, with direct links to the Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program (HICAP) and; and a calendar of upcoming event dealing with Medicare Part D. They are currently highlighting the California Medicare Coalition’s (CMC)
statewide trainings on “Changes Ahead for Medicare in California” which were held on June 14-16, 2005.

Other areas of CHCF’s site that may be of particular interest to Medicare advocates includes their Medicare, Medi-Cal, Prescription Drugs, Long Term Care, and Special Populations sections. These sections list reports, fact sheets, policy briefs, and websites with information on the respective areas. People can also view and search past California Healthline articles. This CHCF online news service provides daily coverage on health and health care related issues within Sacramento, the state of California, and throughout the country.

If you haven’t already, please visit CHCF’s site at

Karen Joy Fletcher

Our blogger Karen Joy Fletcher is CHA’s Communications Director. With a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley, she is the online “public face” of the organization, provides technical expertise, writing and research on Medicare and other health care issues. She is responsible for digital content creation, management of CHA’s editorial calendar, and managing all aspects of CHA’s social media presence. She loves being a “communicator” and enjoys networking and collaborating with the passionate people and agencies in the health advocacy field. See her current articles.