Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will next year curtail the options that it offers newly hired workers for health-care coverage, promoting a low-premium, high-deductible plan, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

Wal-Mart anticipates its Value Plan will let employees with few health-care needs save money through low premiums, the Journal said.

Critics, however, argue the change allows Wal-Mart to cut its costs for health-care benefits and discourage unhealthy people from seeking jobs at its stores, the newspaper said.

Wal-Mart could not immediately be contacted for comment.