Walmart makes health care announcement from Tampa by Mitch E. Perry

09/21/06

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Wal-Mart , facing pressure from critics who call its employee health care coverage inadequate, plans to begin selling nearly 300 generic prescription drugs for a sharply reduced price of $4 for a month's supply.

The world's biggest retailer said today from Tampa that it will test the program in 65 stores in the Tampa Bay Area. Officials say it will include 291 generic drugs available for conditions from allergies to high-blood pressure. The plan is available to its employees and customers, including those without insurance.

Wal-Mart officials said the reduced price represents a savings to the customer of up to 70 percent on some drugs.

Bill Simon is the Executive Vice President at Wal-Mart (roll tape#1 o.q.�just to name a few�)

Still, critics complain that health insurance is out of reach for many of Wal-mart’s 1.3 million employees in the United States, forcing thousands of them to turn to state-sponsored programs or forgo health coverage altogether.

Chris Kofinis is a spoksman for the group WakeUp Walmart. Com (roll tape#1 o.q.�for the taxpayers�)

That’s Chris Kofinis, he’s a spokesman for the group WakeUp Walmart. He spoke to WMNF today after Walmart executives announced this morning in Tampa that they begin selling nearly 300 generic prescription drugs for a sharply reduced price of $4 for a month's supply. The plan will start in the Tampa area this month, spread throughout Florida next month – and could go to other states in the months to come

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