We all know that Wal-Mart has issues with offerring health insurance to its workers. It’s bad enough trying get your own hospital bill covered if you’re an employee, but when it comes to your children, the Draconian system becomes a terror.
From the New York Law Journal:
The stepchildren of working parents in New York state are dependent children for the purposes of qualifying for coverage under federally regulated group health insurance plans, a federal judge has ruled.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., based in Bentonville, Ark., had balked at providing coverage for the stepson of one of its employees in upstate Essex County, N.Y. The county sought to force Wal-Mart to insure the boy after he was enrolled in Medicaid, the taxpayer-supported health insurance program.
Could it be that New York is tired of Wal-Mart passing its costs of doing business along to taxpayers? No. The county was on solid legal ground.
In O’Neil v. Wal-Mart, 8:05-cv-1572, Northern District of New York Judge Lawrence E. Kahn said the Wal-Mart plan provisions run counter to New York Insurance Law 2608-a, which expressly prohibits the denial of coverage to a parent’s child based on the fact the child was born out of wedlock, is not claimed as a dependent on federal tax returns or does not reside with the parent.
Wal-Mart was, naturally, disappointed by the decision.