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Amazon is now offering Prime discounts for people with Medicaid

Amazon is now offering Prime discounts for people with Medicaid

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Amazon is now offering Prime discounts to Americans enrolled in Medicaid. American adults with Medicaid will now only have to pay $5.99 a month, down from the usual $12.99 monthly rate (or $8.25 a month if you choose the $99 annual option).

There are about 35 million American adults currently enrolled in the health insurance program for low-income individuals, according to 2017 data. As noted by CNET, the discount marks Amazon’s effort to reach lower-income consumers after already having profited off middle-income and high-income folks.

To qualify for the discount, visit and upload a photo of your Medicaid card or EBT card to activate the discount. Every 12 months, you’ll have to verify you still have your Medicaid or EBT card. The discount is only available for the first four years of a membership and customers aren’t able to share their Prime membership with a second adult like they can with the full-priced membership.

The deal is similar to the Amazon Student Prime discount that Amazon offers college students with legitimate .edu email addresses, which costs $6.49 a month. Those college students, in particular, could also be eligible for Medicaid and therefore, the slightly cheaper Prime discount.