Our contract with Group Health was slated to expire on December 31,
2010. In good faith, we have continued to negotiate extending this
contract without any increase in payment to the hospital and providers.
In fact, the contract has been extended four times since December 31,
We believed there was significant progress being made in these
negotiations in order to secure a new three-year contract by the end of
We believed we were close to reaching this mutually beneficial agreement
until late last week, when we were shocked and disappointed to hear
that Group Health made a unilateral decision to suspend our good faith
negotiations. Needless to say, we cannot understand why Group Health
would deny access for care to our hospital and providers.
KGH did not walk away from the negotiating table and is willing to
negotiate to bring this to resolution. We have valued our partnership
with Group Health and appreciate the opportunity to serve their members.
As always, we continue to promote a choice for health care services in