"We are very supportive of this work that will reward doctors, hospitals and other providers who offer great care at an appropriate cost," said Sally Welborn, Walmart senior vice president of benefits. "Governor Beebe is leading a first-of-a-kind payment-reform effort in Arkansas that health experts elsewhere are following closely. We respect the work being done in Arkansas, and we are excited about the opportunity to offer real support to such a meaningful project in our home state."Health care costs in the United States are projected to increase 6.3 percent in 2013. The average deductible for an individual on health plans in the U.S. increased nearly 9 percent last year.
Walmart Joins Arkansas Health Care Payment Improvement Initiative
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