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Discounts on Amazon Prime aren’t super easy to come by. But certain programs, like the Amazon Medicaid discount, will help you qualify for 50% savings (or more) on your membership.
You can qualify for a discounted membership if you’re enrolled in other government assistance programs, too — giving you all the Amazon Prime benefits for more than half the monthly price.
I’ll cover all the info you need to know about whether or not you’re eligible and what kind of savings you can get.
1. Pay just $6.99/month for Prime with the Amazon Medicaid discount.
If you’re currently receiving Medicaid, you get an Amazon Prime membership for just $6.99 a month — more than half the price of a regular Prime membership, which costs $14.99 a month. You can get the Amazon Medicaid discount through a program called Prime Access.
What is Prime Access?
Prime Access offers discounted memberships to anyone receiving qualifying government assistance (like Medicaid) who uses a valid program ID or document to prove their eligibility. This is how you get the Amazon Medicaid discount and pay just $6.99 a month for Prime.
When you sign up for Prime Access as a Medicaid recipient, they’ll ask you to select your issuing state and upload a document showing your Medicaid eligibility.
2. You can also get the Amazon discount if you receive SNAP or other types of government assistance.
The Amazon Medicaid discount isn’t the only special offer available. You’ll also qualify for 50% off your Prime membership if you receive support from any of the following government assistance programs:
- Supplemental Security Income (different from Social Security and SSDI)
- Direct Express Prepaid Debit Card
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
- National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
- Women, Infants, and Children program (WIC)
- Tribal assistance eligibility letter (TTANF).
If you receive support from any of those programs, you’ll sign up for Prime Access the same way. But you may be asked to provide a different document or proof of eligibility, depending on the government program you’re enrolled in.
3. You can start your discounted Prime membership with a free 30-day trial.
Before you start paying $6.99 a month, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial to Prime Access — just as long as you haven’t qualified for a Prime membership in the last 12 months.
Start the sign-up process and select your government assistance program. Upload the requested document to prove your eligibility. Then enter a payment method they can use after your free trial ends. Once your first 30 days are up, you’ll start paying $6.99 a month for your Prime membership.
4. You must reapply for your discounted Prime membership every 12 months.
If you’re using the Amazon Medicaid discount or any other government assistance discount, you’ll have to reapply for your Prime Access membership every 12 months. This is just to make sure you’re still eligible to receive the discounted membership.
You’ll also re-qualify for a free trial every 12 months when you reapply for Prime Access.
5. You can share certain Prime Access benefits with others in your Amazon Household.
Amazon says you CAN share certain Prime Access benefits with other adults in your Amazon Household.
Typically, Amazon Prime members can share the following benefits with others they add to their Amazon Household:
- Free Prime Delivery benefits
- Streaming access to Prime Video
- Free books with Prime Reading
- Amazon Photos and album sharing
- Free books with Amazon First Reads
- Early access to Amazon Lightning Deals
6. College students can also get 50% off a Prime membership.
If you’re a college student, you can get a free 6-month trial of Prime and 50% off a Prime membership after the trial ends. To qualify, you must be enrolled at an accredited college or university.
Prime Students also get exclusive benefits and Amazon Music Unlimited for just $0.99 per month. Amazon Music Unlimited gives you access to 100 million ad-free songs, and it normally costs $7.99 a month.
Students, sign up for your free Amazon Prime trial here.
7. Don’t qualify for the Amazon Medicaid discount? Check out other Amazon programs to help you save.
If you don’t qualify for the Amazon Medicaid discount or any other special savings through Prime Access, don’t worry — there are still plenty of ways to save more with Amazon Prime.
The Amazon Access page is your hub for saving more with Amazon. Some Amazon Access programs offer discounts on SNAP-eligible groceries and savings with Amazon Layaway, Amazon coupons, and Amazon Subscribe & Save.
Related: Check out our full guide to Amazon Access for more info on how you can benefit.