Wal-Mart Overhauls Health Plan To Cut Costs, Expand Coverage

03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • MICHAEL BARBARO The New York Times

Wal-Mart, long criticized for its health care coverage, unveiled a broad plan yesterday that is intended to cut employee costs, expand coverage and offer workers thousands of cheap prescription drugs.

Starting Jan. 1, Wal-Mart's insurance will look a lot like that offered by many other American companies, but with some twists that even longtime critics described as innovative. Independent experts praised several features of the plan and said it could represent a turning point for the retailer, the nation's largest private employer.

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