People On Medicaid Now Get Amazon Prime For $5.99

Amazon has been working to offer more services for lower-income shoppers including discounted Prime memberships and Amazon Cash.                  Getty Images

Amazon has been working to offer more services for lower-income shoppers including discounted Prime memberships and Amazon Cash. Getty Images

Amazon is offering customers with Medicaid a 54% discount on its popular Prime membership.

There are about 35 million American adults now enrolled in the health insurance program for low-income individuals, according to 2017 data.

Through the discounted Prime membership, subscribers gain access to free, two-day shipping on many products sold through Amazon; Prime Video, the company's streaming video platform; Prime Music for streaming music; Prime Photos; Prime Reading; Prime Now; Audible Channels and other features.

"We hope to make Prime even more accessible", Amazon Prime Vice President Cem Sibay said in a statement. The move expands on an effort started last June, when Amazon introduced a discounted price for shoppers who receive government assistance in the form of an electronic benefits transfer card. Qualified customers would be able to renew their Amazon Prime subscriptions annually at the discounted rate for up to four years, Amazon said. Walmart, meanwhile, accounts for 18% of annual spending through the food stamps program, which is formally called Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Do note, however, that you'll need to verify eligibility every 12 months and that household sharing of Prime benefits isn't available as part of the discounted offer.

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Amazon's move may affect Walmart, who's favored by low-income customers. (Monthly subscriptions cost $12.99 a month after a price increase in January). For Amazon, it also opens up a new customer base.

Regardless of the larger retail battles being waged, are cheaper $5.99 Amazon memberships actually a good deal for poor people? Retailers have been stepping up their game to compete for wallet share.

"This is just about our customers and our members and giving them the best of Amazon with an incredible selection of benefits".

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