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Health co-op offers model for overhaul

New York Times, July 7, 2009

Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound is one of the country's few surviving health insurance cooperatives, and it has recently embraced electronic medical records and a collaborative model of primary care. Those innovations have made the Washington state-based Group Health a prototype for a political compromise that could lead to a bipartisan healthcare deal. After a month of brainstorming, including briefings from Group Health executives, the Senate Finance Committee seems poised to propose private-sector insurance cooperatives as its primary mechanism for stoking competition and slowing the growth of medical costs.