The pharmacy giant CVS Health Inc. said it will add 10 to 15,000 jobs to expand its health coverage to more than 200 million people, potentially bringing the company’s total workforce to more that 160 million.
The plan comes as the company continues to struggle with declining sales and earnings amid the recent coronavirus pandemic.
The move is part of CVS’ efforts to expand access to prescription drugs in its community of more than 100,000 people, as the virus has slowed its impact.
The company also said it would expand its drug distribution network to include the state of Colorado and expand pharmacy hours to cover all of its pharmacies.
The news comes after a survey of its employees found that the company was struggling with rising demand for prescription drugs.
In a memo to employees, CEO Stephen M. Hemsley said that the increase in the number of prescription drug orders, as well as its increased use of mobile devices, has caused a “challenging time” for the company.
The memo said the company is committed to making its products available to all of the country’s people.
Associated Press writer Emily Merten contributed to this report.