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Medicaid Recipients Can Now Get a Discount on Amazon Prime

Medicaid Recipients Can Now Get a Discount on Amazon Prime

Amazon is offering a discount on its Prime membership to the millions of Medicaid recipients in the USA, according to media reports, taking another step to wooing lower-income shoppers and keeping pressure on Walmart Inc.

To qualify for for the discounted membership, customers can visit Amazon.com/qualify and upload an image of their EBT card or Medicaid card. Amazon doesn't say how many Prime customers it has, but market research company Forrester Research says that the majority of American households with annual income over $100,000 already pay for a Prime subscription.

By establishing a tier for medicare recipients, the government-sponsored health care scheme for low-income pregnant women, adults, seniors, and people with disabilities, Amazon adds another entry point to its services to people in lower income brackets.

Besides two-day shipping, Medicaid receipts will get Prime's other perks, such as access to Amazon's video and music streaming services. Such cards are typically made available to US residents who receive funds from government assistance programs like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program (WIC).

When Amazon rolled out its discounted Prime rate to EBT cardholders last summer, the Wall Street Journal described it as a move to steal business away from Walmart, which sees a huge portion of its sales from SNAP beneficiary customers.

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Amazon's move may affect Walmart, who's favored by low-income customers. Amazon also past year began a program to deliver groceries to food-stamp recipients.

"They are enabling people who otherwise would be priced out", said Greengart. But it's not altruism; Amazon Prime has been widely adopted by middle-class and well-off Americans, so if the membership program is going to continue to grow in the USA, the company has to figure out how to attract other demographics.

Customers will need to renew their membership every year and the lower rate will only be available for four years for each customer.

One Morgan Stanley survey pegged the average annual income of Prime members at $87,000. He said Prime has helped save her time and money by helping her skip some of those errands.


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