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Wal-Mart Health Care Benefits Enrollment Rises, Uninsured Rate Declines
Date:2/13/2009

Total associate health coverage increases to more than 94 percent

BENTONVILLE, Ark., Feb. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., (NYSE: WMT) announced today that the number of associates who have health care coverage through its benefits plans for 2009 or another source has increased from 92.7 percent to 94.5 percent. Over 733,000 or 51.8 percent of associates - and nearly 1.2 million associates and dependants in total - were covered by Wal-Mart's plans at the end of its annual enrollment period.*

The company also announced that the number of uninsured associates has dropped by nearly 25 percent in the past year and by more than 40 percent between 2007 and 2009. Compared to the most recently reported data by the U.S. Census Bureau, Wal-Mart's uninsured rate of 5.5 percent is 11.3 percent lower than the uninsured rate nationwide for the U.S. employed population (16.8 percent). The percentage of U.S. employers who offer health benefits fell from 69 percent in 2000 to 63 percent in 2008, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation study.

"We're creating good jobs and providing good benefits for our associates at all levels of the company, from part-time hourly associates to full-time managers," said Eduardo Castro-Wright, vice chairman of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. "So, it's gratifying that for the fifth year in a row the number of Wal-Mart associates enrolled in the company's health care plans has increased."

This year, the company added more disease and illness prevention options including its new "Life with Baby" program which helps mothers and their babies get a healthy start on the child's life. Life with Baby provides free, personalized counseling and advice by a professional nurse through pre-conception, pregnancy, postpartum and early childhood development. Wal-Mart also introduced seve
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