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Most Group Health members w/o vote

Most Group Health members won’t be able to vote on the nonprofit cooperative’s proposed acquisition by Kaiser Permanente, officials confirmed Monday. Less than 5 percent of the 590,000 Group Health members are registered to vote, and the health cooperative’s bylaws require members to register at least 60 days before a special meeting is held. Group Health has a Jan. 30 special meeting scheduled on the acquisition – 57 days from the time the proposed acquisition by Kaiser Permanente was announced on Friday. That meeting will be followed by mail-in voting, with ballots accepted through March 9. “So yes, it is too late for members to register to vote on the acquisition,” said Angela Matson, a Group Health spokeswoman in Spokane/Becky Kramer, SR. More here.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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