Health care: Wal-Mart employees to pay
Over the past few years we've all seen the cost of health care continue to rise nationwide, and 2013 is no different, Wal-Mart said in a statement. As a result, we are adjusting rates for some of our health care plan choices. We are doing our best to keep health care costs as low as possible for our associates.
Barbara Andridge, who works at the Walmart in Placerville, California, decided to drop out of a Wal-Mart plan provided for the retailer by a health management organization - when she found out that the cost was set to nearly double to $60 a month. The Wal-Mart HMO plans can be more expensive than Wal-Mart's own.
Sixty dollars isn't a lot to some people but when I have to think about buying winter clothes for my kids or sending my daughter to college I have to think of what is best for my children, she said. Hopefully I'm making the right decision.
Andridge, who makes $12.05 an hour and said her husband was laid off this year, knows that she would have had to pay the same $60 monthly premium no matter how many hours she worked.
Living paycheck to paycheck, I made the decision to swallow my pride and go and get county health, she said in reference to Medi-Cal, California's Medicaid health care program.
RISING COSTS EVERYWHERE
Wal-Mart has been touting its efforts to
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