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Kaiser Permanente Acquires Group Health Cooperative

Kaiser Permanente's acquisition of Group Health Cooperative became final on Feb. 1, 2017. This means that Group Health is now a part of Kaiser Permanente and the more than 651,000 Group Health members in the state of Washington are now part of Kaiser Permanente's eighth and newest geographical service region in the United States. With the acquisition, Kaiser Permanente now serves more than 11.3 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia.

The acquisition extends Kaiser Permanente's award-winning model of coordinated care and coverage to an additional 20 counties in Washington. By investing in facilities, technology, equipment, and people, Kaiser Permanente plans to improve affordability, quality and service for members and the overall health of the community.

Fast Facts for Members

  • Becoming part of Kaiser Permanente does not change the 2017 plan or benefits Group Health members selected during 2016 Open Enrollment. Information about applicable name changes in your benefit booklets or coverage documents will be issued in a separate communication.
  • The acquisition does not affect 2017 premiums, benefits or cost shares.
  • You can continue to rely on the doctors and care teams you count on.
  • You can continue to receive care at the same locations and hospitals you did before the acquisition.
  • Kaiser Permanente is continuing its relationships with local hospitals, such as Swedish and Overlake.
  • Kaiser Permanente is investing in our member experience, including upgrades to our clinics, technology, access and more.

For more information, see our Acquisition Q&A.

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