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Are you eligible for the Amazon’s RxPass program if you have Medicare or Medicaid?

Amazon has launched its own online pharmacy, RxPass, but in order for customers to get the savings the retail giant is offering requires a Prime membership.

Will Amazon's RxPass accept Medicare or Medicaid?

Amazon already offered some medications online through its Amazon Pharmacy, but the retail giant has now launched a new service as an add-on to its Prime subscription service. Its new RxPass will give customers access to around 50 generic prescription drugs for a flat fee of $5 a month, to fill as many prescriptions as they need.

The online retailer says it restricts eligibility for the program based on insurance and the state where the medications will be shipped. Currently, it cannot ship medications to California, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington.

“RxPass is not insurance and is not a substitute for insurance”

The online retailers site states: “RxPass is not insurance and is not a substitute for insurance.” Additionally, “People with government-funded insurance such as Medicare or Medicaid are not eligible sign up for RxPass right now.”

Nor can you use a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and Health Savings Account (HSA) to pay your RxPass subscription fee, but the retailer does accept most insurance as well as FSA and HSA in other circumstances. The program is available exclusively to Amazon Prime customers, so in order to sign up for the service you must first become a Prime member before subscribing to RxPass.

“Affordable access to medications that treat more than 80 common conditions”

The program is targeted at those who “typically take two or more medications per month to manage chronic or ongoing health conditions.” If you are spending more than $5 per month for certain prescription drugs you “could save significant time and money” with a RxPass subscription. “Many people with diabetes, high blood pressure, and anxiety will find their medications are eligible with RxPass,” says Amazon.

While you can cancel at anytime, and if you cancel your Prime membership you will also be cancelling you RxPass subscription, you will still be able to use the rest of the month that has already been paid for, no additional charge. One catch though, if the medication you purchased through the program is for a 90-day supply, you will be obligated to continue with your RxPass subscription for the full time that is left on that prescription.


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