Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Statement on Union-Funded Critics Rallying Against Affordable Health Care Solutions

“America’s working families are struggling to deal with the soaring cost of healthcare. At Wal-Mart, we’re offering solutions. For our associates, we’re expanding the availability of our $11 per month health plan to half of our workforce by the first of the year. We’re offering $3 co-pays on prescription drugs that treat common conditions like high blood pressure. Every child of a Wal-Mart associate will be eligible for our health plans as soon as the parent is eligible. And, after one year of enrollment, there is no lifetime maximum on benefits.

“We also are offering convenient, affordable and quality healthcare services to communities we serve by expanding our in-store clinics. These clinics are run by outside firms and staffed by trained medical professionals. The average cost of a visit is about $45 - $50. Early indications in one market show that 40 percent of clinic patients are uninsured and almost 20 percent went to the clinic instead of a hospital emergency room, which is one of the most expensive parts of the healthcare system.

“America’s working families must be mystified by any group that would rally against an $11 per month health plan, $3 prescription drug co-pays and expanded health coverage for children. Sadly, these rallies are more about politics and publicity stunts than health care. What we need are real solutions to the healthcare challenges facing this country. That’s what we’re offering at Wal-Mart. And that’s what we’re looking to do with others who have a genuine interest in solving this national problem.”

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