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Walmart pharmacy Walmart+ members can choose to use the prescription discount program instead of their insurance benefits by presenting their pharmacy savings card at any Walmart Pharmacy. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Both Amazon and Walmart announced plans this week to offer discounted prescriptions to consumers — effectively encouraging them to forego their existing health insurance benefits.

As Bloomberg.com reports, Amazon now offers six-month prescriptions starting at $6 for medications that treat common ailments. Because most insurance companies don’t cover six-month prescriptions, the move is considered a way to attract uninsured customers, as well as those with plans that include high out-of-pocket prescription costs.

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