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What Does WalMart Cost The TaxPayer in Medicaid in Your State?

WalMart is large American corporation that tends to hire people for less than 30 hours a week and pays minimum wage.
“That’s their right” I hear you saying. And that is true, they have the right to hire people for $7.25 an hour and they have the right to employ them for less than 30 hours a week. And they have the right to do this while making $15.7 billion a year in profits.

WalMart has a business model. That model is simple, it says —

1. Buy low cost products from China, sell to Americans.
2. Pay your employees minimum wages and employ them for less than 30 hours a week so you don’t have to pay for their health care.
3. Use the American taxpayer to ensure your employees have health care and remain healthy.

This business model will make profits for WalMart. But it does have serious consequences for you as a taxpayer in your state and as a taxpayer in your country. Why? WalMart wants healthy workers. They just don’t want to pay for their health care. So they pay their workers less than $12,000 a year making their employees eligible for taxpayer funded medicaid. WalMart is so good at making this policy work, it actually helps its employees fill out the paperwork for Medicaid.

The cost to you and your state is estimated in the table below.
Sources: Good Jobs First
American Academy of Pediatrics

StateNumber of WalMart Employees Enrolled in MedicaidAverage Cost Per Medicaid EnrolleeTotal Estimated Cost to Medicaid/Taxpayers
Montana193$9,563$1,845,659
Utah234$6,662$1,558,908
Vermont286$5,945$1,711,424
New Hampshire487$10,637$5,180,219
West Virginia452$7,982$3,607,864
New Jersey589$12,020$7,079,780
Nebraska654$11,139$7,284,906
Maine751$4,719$3,543,969
Connecticut824$14,179$11,683,496
Iowa845$7,782$6,575,790
Missouri1565
Wisconsin1673$6,764$11,316,172
Massachusetts2091$7,224$5,105,384
Arizona2700$2,700$17,269,200
Washington3194$7,182$22,939,308
Alaska3971$13,320$52,893,720
Texas6696$6,724$45,023,904
Pennsylvania7577$8,199$62,123,823
Arkansas4700$6,932$32,580,400
Tennessee9617$6,697$64,405,049
Georgia10261$6,554$67,250,594
Florida12300$5,968$73,406,400
Ohio13141$10,183$133,814,803
About Georgeana Mimms

Georgeana Mimms was a researcher at the Social Policy Lab of the Andrus Gerontology Center at the University of Southern California, Deputy Director of the Asociation Pro Personas Mayores and a Special Consultant to the Los Angeles County Area Agency on Aging.