Are you suffering from medical insecurity? How many businesses will be stopping the payment of health care coverage as one corporation follows another in policy because of the rising premiums of health care insurance?
Is this a case of green health versus green building construction? You have corporations going green as far as energy-saving construction at the same time that green health regarding employees is changing to green, all right -- around the gills. See the video, Walmart Cuts Health Care for Employees.
It's called medical insecurity by workers. But green building construction costs seem to compete with green health insurance coverage for workers--at least for some part-time workers. Is the next step other corporations backing out of paying premiums or having employees pay a lot more health care coverage insurances expenses as the cost of health care rises? What's the solution for workers who need family coverage? See the article 47 Million Americans Without Health Insurance, Census Report.
Who's next? Financial decks are stacked against private-sector financing of health care for lower- and middle-income Americans like a row of dominoes. When one corporation goes over as far as green healthcare, will the others fall in turn or act similarly in cutting health care coverage expenses for employees? What green health changes are on the agenda for Sacramento's future?
Walmart has gone green. See the June 4, 2011 Los Angeles Times article by Tiffany Hsu, "Walmart | Wal-Mart, environment: Wal-Mart says going green saves it money." According to the article, the retail giant's supercenter in Lancaster recently installed fuel cells that provide half of the electricity to the 222,876-square-foot store.
It has also punched holes in the roof for skylights that provide 70 percent of the store's lighting needs during the day. To help keep the scorching sun at bay and cool the building naturally, it has painted the roof white. But there's a problem if you look at the perspective from the eyes of numerous part-time workers.
As Walmart spends more money to go green, the effects seem to be about cutting health benefits for part-time workers working less than 24 hours weekly. Walmart also wants to boost energy efficiency. See the article, Is Wal-Mart going green? - US news - Environment - msnbc.com. Also see, Wal-Mart Goes Green, Challenging Suppliers. But how about boosting the energy efficiency and green health of its part-time workers who are on the job fewer than 24 hours weekly?
See the article, Walmart Cuts Employee Health Care Benefits. According to that article, Walmart is increasing employee health insurance premiums and no longer offering the coverage for new part-timers who work fewer than 24 hours per week because of rising costs, according to reports last week in the New York Times.
Walmart is the USA's largest private employer with 1.4 million workers. Even though most of the workers are full-time, changes are coming as part of its open-enrollment period for next year’s coverage. Walmart does not disclose the percentage of full-time employees.
Is it fair or unfair in the relevance to green health? That's up to the workers to say. Or is the goal green construction rather than green health of employees? Again, if you work for Walmart, you have an answer. The company is continuing coverage for current part-timers, who previously didn’t have a minimum number of hours they had to work but were eligible after one year of employment.
Apparently, Walmart is strapped for money when it comes to paying for health care for employees called associates. The current health care system is unsustainable for everyone, Walmart reported to ABC news, according to the article, "Walmart Cuts Employee Health Benefits." abcnews.go.com/blogs/business/2011/10/wa
Supposedly, the health care changes are not related to federal health care legislation. Full-time employees include health care options for spouses. But spouses of part-time workers are not covered.
Is this going to be a national health care coverage problem with other corporations that may decide to follow Walmart's policies for their own employees? Annual premiums paid out for employer-sponsored programs topped $15,000 nationally for all companies that pay premiums for employer-sponsored programs.
Many workers fear the future when companies will stop paying for health care at the same time workers won't be earning enough to pay for their own health care in various types of work. Will the only safe place left to work to get health care coverage be the government or the military? That's what many part-time workers worry about.
Also, students sometimes work for Walmart and may plan to go into other occupations when they graduate, if they can find a job in other fields (depending upon how relevant their major is to shortages in the job markets). But who cofers their health care expenses while on the job? For other corporations, is the issue green health insurance spending or saving versus green building and construction spending or saving?