Sunday, February 05, 2006

Paying the Bill

Wal-Mart isn't the only big employer that lets taxpayers pick up the health-insurance tab for its workers, Kirsten Stewart of The Salt Lake Tribune reports in today's paper. In her investigation, "Utahns Foot Insurance Bill," Stewart reveals that Medicaid covers the health insurance costs of 7,220 low-wage workers in the Salt Lake City area. In addition to Wal-Mart, employers whose workers are relying on Medicaid include Convergys Corp., McDonalds, the University of Utah and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is a good example of following the money to develop a story that could have a big impact on government policy.


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