Study: Thousands of Ohio store workers on Medicaid

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The state says more than 100,000 Ohio employees of major retail and restaurant chains get health insurance not from the companies but from taxpayers, through Medicaid.

A report released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services shows Walmart has more than 15,000 Ohio workers receiving Medicaid coverage for the poor and disabled, more than any other company on the list.

The retail giant is Ohio's largest employer with more than 54,000 workers. The report notes that some Ohioans who could be insured through their employer opt for Medicaid instead because it costs them less or offers them more coverage.

Walmart Stores Inc. spokesman Greg Rossiter says the company offers affordable health care to both full- and part-time workers.

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