WASHINGTON, December 12, 2006– John Menzer, Wal-Mart Stores vice chairman, has accepted an appointment by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt to serve on the American Health Information Community (AHIC), a federally-chartered advisory committee created by the department to provide input and recommendations on the development and implementation of a nationwide transition to interoperable electronic health records.
“I am proud to be a member of the American Health Information Community,” said Wal-Mart Stores Vice Chairman John Menzer. “At Wal-Mart, we are committed to bringing about real solutions to some of the most pressing health care challenges facing America’s working families. Last week, Wal-Mart, along with a few other founding companies, announced an initiative to establish a framework for personal, private and portable electronic health records which will bring greater efficiency, quality and transparency to the U.S. health care system.”
As the largest private employer in the nation, and as one of the country’s largest providers of private sector health insurance, Wal-Mart recognizes the need to partner with leaders in industry and in government to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare. Perhaps more than any other business, Wal-Mart has proven how beneficial and revolutionary technology and efficiency can be, and is committed to making health care more affordable and accessible.
This year, the company made improvements to the benefits it provides for nearly one million Americans, like expanding the availability of its $11 per month health insurance plans, cutting the part-time associates’ waiting periods in half, and making all children of Wal-Mart associates eligible for care as soon as their parents are eligible. Because of Wal-Mart’s efforts, the retailer is making a real difference for its associates, customers and the communities it serves.
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