Walmart Expands and Strengthens Online Healthcare Benefits for US Workers

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Walmart (NYSE:WMT), the largest private employer in the United States with over 2 million employees, has announced its plans to expand online primary care benefits within its employee health insurance plan to workers in 28 U.S. states. This initiative aims to enhance the healthcare support provided to Walmart’s vast workforce.

Walmart has partnered with Included Health, a virtual healthcare services provider, to broaden its online primary care services. The company already offers these services in 21 states, and the expansion is part of its ongoing efforts to bolster its presence in the healthcare industry.

Starting this week, the expansion will provide employees with access to various virtual care options, including services related to digestive health, physical therapy, and some diagnostic tests that can be administered at home, with these offerings set to begin early next year.

In a blog post, Walmart noted that during a pilot run for its virtual primary care service, it observed an 11% reduction in the overall healthcare costs for its employees and their families. The company has been proactive in delivering cost-effective healthcare solutions to its workforce, and most of the online health services offered as part of this plan come at no additional cost.

Walmart’s strategic focus on expanding its healthcare services demonstrates its commitment to the well-being of its employees, addressing their healthcare needs, and embracing innovative solutions to provide convenient and accessible care in an evolving healthcare landscape.

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