Wal-Mart also announced that it will be offering an eyewear care program, including eye exams, to its eligible associates, starting next year.
The Bentonville, Ark.-based discounter has 1.3 million full-time and part-time U.S. workers. More than half of the workers participate in health care plans, the company says. About 1.1 million Wal-Mart workers and family members combined participate in Wal-Mart’s health care plan.
Hargrove said that the company’s health care premiums are going up anywhere from 3 percent to 10 percent, a lower rate than in previous years.
“We have been working to keep our costs down,” he added.