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Group Health Cooperative
Established in 1947, Group Health is a nonprofit, consumer-governed
company that provides both medical coverage and care. Its board
of trustees comprising 11 members â€” all Cooperative
members elected by other members â€” work in close
proximity with management and medical staff to ensure that the organization's
policies and direction put the needs of patients first. Group Health
Cooperative, in conjunction with its subsidiary Group Health Options,
Inc., operates in all or parts of 20 counties in Washington and
two counties in North Idaho. The cooperative, based in Seattle,
serves about 575,000 members spread across Washington and Idaho.
Over 70 percent of cooperative members receive care in Group Health-owned
medical facilities. Group Health has received a rating of A+ from
In Washington, Group Health Cooperative offers coordinated-care
plans for both groups and individuals, a Medicare plan, and a plan
for residents who are eligible for Healthy Options (Medicaid), Basic
Health, and the State Children's Health Insurance Plan.
Group Health Permanente doctors and other clinicians provide care
at Group Health-operated medical facilities. In service areas where
Group Health does not have its own facilities, a network of over
6,000 community clinicians and hospitals meets the health care requirements
Group Health Cooperative offers a number of individual and family
plans that have many deductible choices. These include: 500 Deductible
Plan, 1500 Deductible Plan (Catastrophic), 2500 Deductible Plan
(Catastrophic), 5000 Deductible Plan (Catastrophic), The Welcome
500 Plan, The Welcome 1500 Plan (Catastrophic) and Health Pays Health
Savings Accounts plans with deductible choices.
There are several plans that for the small, medium and large companies,
and most of them offer low co-pays and choice of deductible, such
as: Group Health, Welcome 200 or 500, 500/80%, 1000/80%, 0/80%,
Health Pays Health Savings Accountâ€™s- 1250/2500,
1500/3000, 2500/5000, Options, Options Select, Options PPO, Dental,
Alliant Select and Alliant Plus.
Group Healthâ€™s Medicare Advantage plans offer
choice of doctor, glasses and eye exams, hearing and hearing aid
allowance, home health care, a dental option, prescription drug
benefits and fitness programs with health club membership.
Its Medicaid programs are offered for those with low-income. Under
this program, known as Healthy Options, families, children and pregnant
women receive a complete medical benefit package. The program, Basic
Health, is also very affordable and state-sponsored.
Group Health also has coverage for State Employees (PEBB), as well
as Federal Employees (FEHB). Coverage is available for both active
and retired employees.
With Group Health, you get personal care from Group Health doctors
and medical centers and can change doctors anytime. There are arrangements
for alternative, children's, and women's care and you can have health
advice with the Consulting Nurse Service. All the processes are
simple with virtually no paperwork. You can also take the help of
online services, including health tips and tools. Most importantly,
you can choose from deductible plans to and competitively priced
co-payments in order to save some money. By using MyGroupHealth
you can refill prescriptions online, join discussion groups, and
browse more than 5,000 health care topics. And when you receive
care at a Group Health medical center, you can send secure e-mails
to your health care team, receive test results, seek appointments,
check your online medical record, self-refer to many Group Health
specialists, and more.