Governance and Participation

Group Health and Kaiser Permanente

This past March, Group Health members voted to approve the resolution that supports Kaiser Permanente's acquisition of Group Health.

This decision came after members, staff, and others from the community were able to learn about the proposed acquisition and discuss the future of Group Health. Information was shared and questions answered through e-mail and mail outreach, Town Hall meetings around the state, dedicated websites, phone inquiries, and a Special Meeting of the Membership.

Next Steps
In Washington, the pending acquisition is under review by the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC), which will take some time to complete. As part of the review process, the OIC is hosting three public forums around the state. The OIC review process will also include a public hearing, after which the Commissioner will make a final determination.

How to Stay Informed
Information about the pending acquisition, including FAQs, timeline, and more, are available at

Members Make the Difference

The Group Health mission truly comes to life when members get involved. From the very first meetings to current business decisions, Group Health is built on consumer participation. Hundreds contribute in many ways — from medical center, hospice, and Resource Line volunteers to peer instructors for Living Well With Chronic Conditions workshops, from Senior Caucus to consumers on the Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee and the Group Health Research Institute's Human Subjects Review Board.

The Group Health story is really hundreds of stories of members connecting to help serve the greatest number.

1970s governance meeting
Group Health Annual Membership Meeting, ca. 1970

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