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Amazon Offers Discounted Prime Membership to Medicaid Recipients

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If you live with an illness or disability, you know it can be difficult some days to get out of bed – much less attend to your daily chores and responsibilities. Because of the numerous physical challenges going to the store can pose for those with illnesses and disabilities, online shopping and delivery services such as Amazon can be a helpful alternative.

On Wednesday, Amazon announced it is extending discounted Prime membership to Medicaid recipients. Vice President of Amazon Prime Cem Sibay said:

We hope to make Prime even more accessible. With more than 100 million products to choose from, low prices, time savings, and fast and convenient delivery options, the combination of shipping, shopping and entertainment provide tremendous value to customers.

An Amazon Prime membership typically costs $99 per year or $12.99 if you choose to pay per month. For those with a valid EBT or Medicaid card, a Prime membership will cost $5.99 per month with the ability to renew your membership every year for up to four years. Prime members get access to fast, free delivery as well as other benefits such as Prime video, music, photos and books.

People are praising Amazon’s decision on social media and calling on other companies to offer similar discounts.

To confirm your eligibility and sign up for a discounted Prime membership, visit Amazon.

Getty Image by AdrianHancu

Originally published: March 10, 2018
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