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In the midst of turmoil over mergers in the for-profit insurance industry, the biggest non-profit carrier is also looking to make a deal to become even bigger.

The Kaiser Foundation Health Plan has long floated the idea of buying Group Health Cooperative, a Seattle-based organization that offers insurance and care to about 600,000 people in Washington state and Idaho. Officials at both organizations signaled support for the deal in December.

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