Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Wal-Mart To Shrink Options For New Hires Health Care

By Ylan Q. Mui and Amy JoyceWashington Post Staff WritersWednesday, September 27, 2006; D03

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is scaling back the health-care plans available to new employees, sparking fresh criticism over whether the giant retailer is providing adequate coverage to its workers.
As of Jan. 1, the company will offer new hires only two health benefits packages in which the monthly premium can be as low as $11 but the deductible can reach $6,000, according to documents provided to The Washington Post by Wake-Up Wal-Mart, a union-backed group.
The company's two other benefit plans, which have lower deductibles, will no longer be offered to new employees. However, the plans will remain available to current employees who choose to renew their coverage.
Wal-Mart spokesman Dan Fogleman said yesterday that he expected the change to save most employees money. He said a review of the company's health-benefits plans showed most had opted for a package with a monthly premiums between $70 and $100, and a $350 deductible, but that more than half never paid that much.
That drove the decision to require new hires to sign up for Wal-Mart's new plans that have lower monthly payments but higher deductibles. The option known as the "value plan" starts at $11 per month for employee coverage in some markets and has a $1,000 deductible. The "freedom plan" starts at about $17 per month for employee coverage but has a deductible of $3,000 and the option to create a health savings account. The cheapest monthly cost for an employee and his or her spouse is $38 with a deductible of $6,000.
"We've done the math on this, and we have a pretty good understanding of what this is going to mean," Fogleman said. "Most associates are going to come out better on this."
Wake-Up Wal-Mart disagrees. It has accused the company of depressing wages and benefits, forcing many of its workers to seek public health care.
"Wal-Mart is cruelly hurting its employees, cutting health-care options and shifting costs on to the American taxpayer," said Paul Blank, campaign director for Wake-Up Wal-Mart.
Paul Fronstin, director of health research and education at the Employee Benefit Research Institute, said the new Wal-Mart changes look "pretty standard." But he noted that a biweekly increase in a surcharge from $50 to $75 for spouses who have access to other medical coverage seemed high.
"There is always shifting going on, and it tends to be modest at best. It might be that way here as well," he said.
Fogleman said that about 615,000 employees are covered by the company, about 47 percent of its workforce, and Wal-Mart is working to expand that number.

© 2006 The Washington Post Company

91 comments:

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol cheap online tramadol 50 mg tab amneal - buy tramadol online in usa

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol buy tramadol online overnight delivery - tramadol 50 mg strong

Anonymous said...

buy ativan online did overdose ativan - ativan for seizures

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol tramadol online overnight cod - buy tramadol online no prescription

Anonymous said...

tramadol online tramadol hcl tablets 50 mg - where to buy tramadol in usa

Anonymous said...

ativan online ativan dosage how long does it last - generic form ativan

Anonymous said...

buy ativan online lorazepam 1 mg from india - home remedies ativan withdrawal

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol tramadol 50mg hcl tablets - buy discount tramadol

Anonymous said...

lorazepam without prescription buy lorazepam online canada - buy ativan in mexico

Anonymous said...

klonopin online pharmacy buy klonopin online cheap - use of klonopin for anxiety

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol online reviews tramadol narcotic high - tramadol hcl 50 mg is it a narcotic

Anonymous said...

klonopin pharmacy klonopin withdrawal 2010 - klonopin and alcohol consumption

Anonymous said...

buy generic tramadol online tramadol tooth pain - cheap tramadol on line

Anonymous said...

tramadol buy buy tramadol online in usa - tramadol no prescription cod

Anonymous said...

tramadol online tramadol hcl 50 mg effects - tramadol 100mg erfahrungen

Anonymous said...

where can i buy ambien online ambien overdose vomiting - cost for ambien

Anonymous said...

ativan online apo-lorazepam 1 mg side effects - ativan yawning

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol buy tramadol with echeck - purchase tramadol com

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol cod fedex tramadol 50mg para que serve - buy tramadol online without script

Anonymous said...

best buy tramadol order tramadol-visa - tramadol online canadian pharmacy

Anonymous said...

ambien sleep order ambien - overdose dosage of ambien

Anonymous said...

can you buy tramadol online legally where to buy tramadol online safely - order tramadol next day

Anonymous said...

generic ambien ambien prices walgreens - ambien benadryl drug interactions

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol buy tramadol capsules - tramadol hcl 50 mg for dogs

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol next day but tramadol online usa - can you order tramadol online legally

Anonymous said...

tramadol online que es tramadol 50 mg - tramadol 50mg ndc

Anonymous said...

tramadol online pharmacy buy tramadol visa - tramadol 50mg how much

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol medication buy tramadol without a script - tramadol online order

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol no prescription overnight tramadol 180 - tramadol zoloft

Anonymous said...

ativan for anxiety ativan zyrtec - ativan drug class

Anonymous said...

soma generic soma drug test detection - interpol soma san diego 2010

Anonymous said...

tramadol online tramadol 40 mg - tramadol max dose

Anonymous said...

klonopin mg what's the klonopin high like - klonopin wafers water soluble

Anonymous said...

klonopin sale klonopin side effects cognition - klonopin alcohol withdrawal dosage

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol medication possible get high tramadol - tramadol manufacturer

Anonymous said...

can you buy ambien online ambien good insomnia - cost of ambien cr without insurance

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol hcl tramadol 50mg (generic ultram) - order tramadol cod overnight

Anonymous said...

zolpidem without prescription ambien withdrawal 5mg - ambien for sale online no prescription

Anonymous said...

buy discount tramadol tramadol online com - tramadol-online.biz

Anonymous said...

order klonopin online klonopin side effects in adults - klonopin anxiety reviews

Anonymous said...

soma online soma san diego club - soma no prescription saturday delivery

Anonymous said...

tramadol online buy tramadol thailand - tramadol dosage daily

Anonymous said...

soma online buy tickets soma san diego - buy soma in georgia

Anonymous said...

buy lorazepam buy ativan no rx - ativan vs xanax conversion

Anonymous said...

order tramadol tramadol hcl xr - order tramadol online saturday delivery

Anonymous said...

tramadol online buy tramadol online no prescription uk - tramadol high dose

Anonymous said...

cheap ambien online addicted to ambien and alcohol - ambien 5mg street price

Anonymous said...

cheap viagra online cheap pills like viagra - buy viagra online cheap uk

Anonymous said...

klonopin without prescription klonopin and alcohol liver damage - klonopin high how much

Anonymous said...

soma 350 mg soma drug test benzo - muscle relaxer similar to soma

Anonymous said...

buy discount tramadol tramadol dosage guide - ultram er online

Anonymous said...

viagra online generic viagra history - buy 100mg viagra online

Anonymous said...

buy generic ambien online ambien cr hallucinations - generic ambien not effective

Anonymous said...

order viagra with mastercard where can i buy viagra online safely - viagra dosage risks

Anonymous said...

where to buy viagra online forum viagra for women herbal - buy viagra online yahoo answers

Anonymous said...

clonazepam without prescription klonopin like xanax - klonopin zoloft alcohol

Anonymous said...

buy ambien online ambien cr vs ambien 10mg - ambien generic pill identification

Anonymous said...

ambien order online no prescription ambien side effects withdrawal - costco pharmacy ambien cr

Anonymous said...

viagra online pharmacy buyviagraonlinenow.com - viagra dosage rates

Anonymous said...

klonopin buy klonopin yellow pill mg - klonopin good side effects

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol hcl buy tramadol online no prescription - tramadol dosage for people

Anonymous said...

generic ambien ambien 5 or 10 mg - ambien high 10mg

Anonymous said...

buy klonopin online klonopin side effects liver - klonopin vs temazepam

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol online mastercard overnight kind pill tramadol hcl - tramadol dosage pain

Anonymous said...

soma online buy cheap generic soma - what is a soma considered as on a drug test

Anonymous said...

ambien no rx ambien withdrawal effects - ambien drug info

Anonymous said...

ambien online ambien cr 7 night trial - generic ambien photos

Anonymous said...

buy clonazepam klonopin online pharmacy - xanax klonopin overdose

Anonymous said...

tramadol online is tramadol online legal - tramadol package insert

Anonymous said...

viagra online without prescription order viagra walgreens - viagra online 50mg

Anonymous said...

ambien order online no prescription ambien cr identification - ambien withdrawal message boards

Anonymous said...

buy viagra online fast delivery viagra discount card - buy viagra from canada

Anonymous said...

ambien no prescription zolpidem generic for ambien - what is ambien used for

Anonymous said...

buy viagra online viagra buy uk online - buy viagra 100mg online

Anonymous said...

buy soma where to buy soma hair products - is soma medication a narcotic

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol online cod purchase tramadol - buy tramadol 200mg

Anonymous said...

buy viagra viagra price - buy-viagra-online.net

Anonymous said...

buy ambien online generic ambien no prescription - ambien cr pill identifier

Anonymous said...

viagra online viagra online overnight delivery - buy viagra beijing

Anonymous said...

soma online salzarex generic soma - buy soma online paypal

Anonymous said...

cialis online is it safe to order cialis from canada - buy viagra cialis canada

Anonymous said...

buy viagra generic viagra online natural - cheap female viagra online

Anonymous said...

buy soma 350mg buy online soma no prescription - soma bras discount

Anonymous said...

cialis online generic cialis vs cialis - cialis daily use buy online

Anonymous said...

how to order viagra buy viagra online without rx - buy viagra online with mastercard

Anonymous said...

buy viagra super force easy buy viagra online - viagra buy no prescription canada

Anonymous said...

can you buy cialis online cialis online pharmacy scams - buy cialis online with paypal

Anonymous said...

buy viagra no prescription order viagra in australia - viagra snorting

Anonymous said...

order tramadol online cod tramadol overdose many - tramadol versus vicodin

Anonymous said...

tramadol online no prescription buy tramadol online by cod - tramadol 200 mg extended release

Anonymous said...

viagra online no prescriptions buy viagra nz - generic viagra+england