Information about HCCY member organization Group Health Cooperative.
Participating staff: Scott Plack, Karen Merrikin, Diana Birkett
Description: Group Health provides medical coverage and care to more than 600,000 residents in Washington state and North Idaho who are covered by health plans offered by Group Health Cooperative or its subsidiaries, Group Health Options, Inc., and KPS Health Plans. Nearly two-thirds of members receive care in Group Health–operated medical facilities. Group Health Cooperative was opened in 1947 by a community coalition dedicated to making quality health care available and affordable. Today it is one of the few health care organizations in the country governed by consumers. Its 11-member Board of Trustees—all health-plan members elected by other members—work closely with management and medical staff to ensure that the organization’s policies and direction put the needs of patients first.
Work in child/youth health: Group Health supports kids in a variety of ways. We are a participating health plan in the Medicaid Healthy Options and Basic Health programs. We conduct or support initiatives impacting kids such as preventing tobacco use, promoting nutrition and fitness, ensuring safe environments, and providing expanded access to information to improve health behaviors. Through the Group Health Foundation we are also active in supporting kids. To mention a few activities, we provided $2 million to the Children’s Access to Care program, operate four teen health centers at four Puget Sound public schools and have started an initiative to increase childhood immunization rates. Group Health also lobbies for kids health in Olympia in a variety of ways.
For more information: see Fast Facts about Group Health.