Group Health/Kaiser Permanente name change

Kaiser Permanente acquired Group Health on February 1, 2017. Group Health is now part of the nationwide Kaiser Permanente group. As a result, Group Health Cooperative changed its name to Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington.

Group Health's new name

The PEBB Program is updating its materials to reflect Group Health's name change. Kaiser Foundation Health Plans operate under a single brand name, Kaiser Permanente. To differentiate between the two PEBB Kaiser Permanente networks, we will refer to Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington (formerly Group Health Cooperative) as Kaiser Permanente WA.

New plan names

You will see the following plan names in our updated PEBB materials.

What it was called in 2016 What it's called in 2017
Group Health Cooperative Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington
(Kaiser Permanente WA)
Group Health Options, Inc. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington Options, Inc.
(Kaiser Permanente WA)
Group Health Classic Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington Classic
(Kaiser Permanente WA Classic)
Group Health Consumer-Directed Health Plan (CDHP) Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington Consumer-Directed Health Plan (CDHP)
(Kaiser Permanente WA CDHP)
Group Health Medicare Plan

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington Medicare Plan
(Kaiser Permanente WA Medicare Plan)

Group Health Original Medicare Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington Original Medicare
(Kaiser Permanente WA Original Medicare)
Group Health Medicare Advantage Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington Medicare Advantage
(Kaiser Permanente WA Medicare Advantage)
Group Health SoundChoice Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington SoundChoice
(Kaiser Permanente WA SoundChoice)
Group Health Value Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington Value
(Kaiser Permanente WA Value)

Similar names, separate networks

PEBB has two Kaiser Permanente networks:

  • Kaiser Permanente WA (formerly "Group Health"—in the Puget Sound, Central, and Eastern Washington, as well as parts of Oregon and Idaho)
  • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest (formerly "Kaiser Permanente"—now called Kaiser Permanente NW, which serves Clark and Cowlitz counties in Washington, and the Portland, OR area)

The names may be similar, but the networks are still separate and have not changed with the acquisition. You must continue to receive non-emergency services with your current plan's network.

Kaiser Permanente service areas for Washington, Oregon, and Idaho

2017 premiums, costs, benefits not changing

  • The Kaiser Permanente acquisition does not affect your 2017 monthly premiums, covered benefits, or out-of-pocket costs (coinsurance or copays).
  • You can continue to receive care at the same locations and hospitals you did before the transition.
  • You can continue to rely on the same network of doctors and care teams you had with Group Health.
  • If you were a member of Group Health at the beginning of March 2017, you should have already received a new Kaiser Permanente WA ID card to replace your Group Health ID card.

Important! If you didn’t receive an ID card, call Kaiser Permanente WA at 1-888-901-4636. Your ID number is the same, but you’ll use your new ID card for health care services.

More Information

Contact

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington
Phone:  206-630-4636
Toll-free: 1-888-901-4636
TRS: 711 or 1-800-833-6388