(Updated with comments from Wal-Mart.)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Wal-Mart ( WMT) is cutting health insurance for its new part time employees, the company said.

This will affect employees who work less than 24 hours per week on average. Greg Rossiter, spokesman for Wal-Mart, said employees are eligible to receive health benefits after being at the company for a year.

Those who work less than 24 hours and do not yet receive benefits from the company will no longer be eligible.

Part-time employees that already receive benefits will continue to do so, Rossiter said.

Wal-Mart didn't say how many workers this would impact.

-- Reported by Jeanine Poggi in New York.

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