Group Health voting membership approves Plan of Member Substitution

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We have an important update to share with you about the proposal for Group Health to join Kaiser Permanente.

At the Special Meeting of the Membership on Saturday, March 12 we announced that our voting members approved the Plan of Member Substitution—the resolution supporting Kaiser Permanente’s acquisition of Group Health.

This important milestone follows a supportive advisory vote on Jan. 30, and endorsements by SEIU Healthcare NW 1199, SEIU 775, the Group Health Senior Caucus, and more than 1,000 Group Health physicians.

“This is very exciting news for Group Health and our customers,” said Bob O’Brien, Health Plan Division executive vice president. “We’re one, important step closer to joining with Kaiser Permanente, which will strengthen our value proposition and delivery in the market.”

“The extra know-how that Kaiser will bring, their national reach, tools, and improvements to infrastructure—as well as their ability and willingness to support additional enrollment by expanding clinical capacity-are all aspects of the transaction that will bring greater value to the market,” O’Brien added.

What happens now?

The next step in the process includes regulatory reviews, including review by Washington’s Office of the Insurance Commissioner, which will take some time to complete.

“Regarding our plans and products, nothing changes for now,” O’Brien said. “We will continue to offer a portfolio very similar to the one featured in the 2016 plan year for 2017.”

Your clients will continue to receive affordable, quality care from the physician and staff teams they know and trust. Delivering on our deep commitment to serving our members remains our No. 1 focus each and every day. We are devoted to providing an exceptional experience for everyone, from long time members to those choosing Group Health today.

How to learn more

We constantly update our website with information and encourage you to visit ghcnews.org for details, a timeline, frequently asked questions, and more. You can also view the webcast from the March 12 Special Meeting of the Membership. We will keep you updated as this process moves forward.