Economists are concerned that Walmart’s policies in the wake of its acquisition spree will exert downward pressure on health benefits throughout the e-commerce sector. (Photo: Shutterstock)

It’s not just purchasers of health coverage on the Affordable Care Act exchanges who need to worry about whether their benefits will disappear or whether the price will balloon beyond their ability to pay. New Walmart employees—at online retailers the retail giant has acquired—are watching their employer-sponsored health coverage disappear.

The New York Times reports that in a little over a year, Walmart has sunk close to $4 billion into the acquisition of e-commerce companies that collectively employ thousands of workers. And as those acquisitions came under the Walmart umbrella, many of those workers are finding that their health care coverage is no longer even remotely affordable.

Complete your profile to continue reading and get FREE access to, part of your ALM digital membership.

Your access to unlimited content isn’t changing.
Once you are an ALM digital member, you’ll receive:

  • Critical information including cutting edge post-reform success strategies, access to educational webcasts and videos, resources from industry leaders, and informative Newsletters.
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM, BenefitsPRO magazine and events.
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including and

Already have an account?



Join BenefitsPRO

Don’t miss crucial news and insights you need to navigate the shifting employee benefits industry. Join now!

  • Unlimited access to - your roadmap to thriving in a disrupted environment
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including and
  • Exclusive discounts on and ALM events.

Already have an account? Sign In Now
Join BenefitsPRO

Copyright © 2023 ALM Global, LLC. All Rights Reserved.