Amazon Extends $5.99 Prime to Medicaid Recipients. Here’s How to Qualify

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A clerk picks an item for an order at the Amazon Prime warehouse, in New York on Dec. 20, 2017. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan
A clerk picks an item for an order at the Amazon Prime warehouse, in New York on Dec. 20, 2017. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan


Amazon has always given students a sweet deal on Prime. Last year, Amazon went a step further and knocked its Prime subscription price down to $5.99 per month for anyone with an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card.

This week, Amazon announced it will extend its $5.99-per-month Amazon Prime service to Medicaid recipients.

Amazon Prime benefits include movie, TV show and music streaming; free two-day shipping; and access to a variety of newspapers and books.

“We hope to make Prime even more accessible. The combination of shipping, shopping and entertainment provide a tremendous amount of value to members,” said Cem Sibay, vice president of Amazon Prime, in a news release.

It’s a pretty sweet deal, as long as you can avoid the notorious temptation of online impulse shopping.

Sign Up for the Amazon Prime Discount With Your Medicaid Card

Head to the website and click “Medicaid.” Amazon will send a code to your email or cell phone — your choice — in a couple of minutes. Enter the six-digit code into the box, and select continue.

You’ll need to upload an image of your Medicaid card, select the issuing state, then check the box to confirm that your Medicaid card is valid. Once your card is confirmed, you can sign up for Prime as usual.

You’ll need to requalify every 12 months, and subscribers can enjoy this discounted rate for a total of 48 months.

Jen Smith is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder and gives tips on saving money and paying off debt on Instagram at @savingwithspunk.

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