Wal-Mart Plans To Expand Health Insurance Coverage to More Part-Time Workers

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Health insurance for part-time employees

Officials for Wal-Mart Stores on Monday announced that the company will reduce the waiting period for part-time employees to qualify for health insurance, the Wall Street Journal reports. Wal-Mart also will reduce from $10 to $3 copayments for generic medications for common conditions - such as diabetes, hypertension, infections and high cholesterol - and will offer 20% discounts on other prescription drugs (Wall Street Journal, 4/18).

In addition, Wal-Mart will offer employees a 10% discount on health foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, purchased in Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores. According to Wal-Mart officials, the company on May 13 will reduce the waiting period to obtain health insurance

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