Walmart may be known for its discounts on electronics and great deals on bulk grocery items, but starting this month, low-income families in Arkansas will also be able to count on Walmart for medical care.
The medical-legal partnership (MLP) between Walmart’s legal team and the Arkansas Children’s Hospital will provide families on Medicaid with free legal services. Patients on Medicaid are often faced with overwhelming administrative and bureaucratic issues during their hospital visits. Walmart lawyers will be trained to address circumstances like these, helping patients correctly fill out forms and get disability income.
For the Kids
The partnership, the first MLP between a large retailer and a major hospital, is especially important for the children of low-income families. Walmart’s team of lawyers will help special needs children during their inpatient visits as well as help them to pursue opportunities outside of the hospital. They are working to secure special education programs by challenging government organizations and school boards that restrict access to the equipment and services children need.
Setting an Example
This is just the most recent altruistic gesture by Walmart; they also donated $4 million to a New York City youth employment program. Lawyers who specialize in MLPs are optimistic that Walmart’s new partnership will raise awareness about the needs of Medicaid patients, prompting more companies to take similar actions and expanding legal options for underprivileged families.
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