In a world of increasingly stringent fuel efficiency standards, Wal-Marts and Target are now selling gas relief packages that include a $1 rebate and free gas.
Target’s gas relief is available to customers who have a valid prescription, which can be up to $100 in cash, but that’s just for a single prescription.
Target also offers a $10 rebate on gas for customers with a qualifying insurance plan.
A Wal-mart spokeswoman says it’s still a trial and that it’s unclear if the company will offer any discounts for customers without insurance.
Wal-marts and other large retailers are also offering gas relief for customers who use the new rebate cards, which are limited to 10 prescriptions a year.
Target says it is still accepting the rebate cards for patients.
For now, however, Walmarts are offering the gas relief package for free.
“We are looking into the options available and will provide updates when more information becomes available,” Wal- Mart spokeswoman Jessica McNeil said.
“If you’re interested in gas relief, you can sign up at any Wal- marts gas station to see if you qualify.
If you’re not, you should check with your local gas station for a list of gas relief options.”
“We are continuing to review our rebate program for the gas program and are working with our customers to determine the best way to distribute the rebate,” she added.
Walmart says it has offered its rebate cards to patients who have medical conditions that make it difficult for them to fill prescriptions, but it’s not clear whether those conditions include diabetes or heart disease.
“While we have not identified specific patients who might qualify, we are working to make our program easier for people to sign up,” McNeil told Newsweek.
In the meantime, some Walmarks have announced they’re expanding the program to patients with other conditions.
“The Wal- mart gas relief program is available for anyone in the U.S. with a valid COVID-19 prescription,” a spokesperson said.
While Walmores has not announced whether or not it will offer rebates for those with other medical conditions, a spokeswoman for Target said that the retailer has begun a pilot program to give out rebates to people who need gas relief.