Amazon Prime is an expensive subscription service that normally costs $119 or $156, depending on whether you pay for the service in one lump sum or from month to month.
Paying for a membership in full will help you save money in the long run.
Moreover, you may qualify for even bigger discounts, if you are currently enrolled in a government assistance program.
If you have a card from Medicaid, you may take advantage of Amazon Prime orders, and the speedy delivery service at a much lower fee.
Generally, you will only need to pay $5.99 per month, or $71.88 per year. Learn more about the Medicaid card discount below.
What is the Cost of Amazon Prime?
How much is Amazon Prime? In addition to paying for a monthly or yearly subscription, you must pay for each item you select.
However, you will not have to pay for shipping. Products that are listed as “Prime” products will be shipped to you in one to two days, at no cost.
If a product is not listed as “Prime,” you will not have to pay shipping, but it may take five to seven days for the package to get to you.
So far, the Amazon Prime cost is cheapest for customers who have a Medicaid card, an EBT card or are enrolled in another qualifying government assistance program. Student memberships cost about $0.50 more per month.
How to Qualify for an Amazon Prime Discount
You must have an Amazon Prime login in order to set up your account with a Medicaid card.
To create an account, simply visit the Amazon website and select the “New customer? Start here” button beneath the “Sign In” tab.
Once you create an account, visit the help and customer service section to find a description of Amazon’s EBT and Medicaid Prime offer. Follow the instructions, and verify both your Amazon account and Medicaid card.
Once the verification process is complete, you may use your Amazon Prime login for video services, music and other deals.
Note that you may not share your membership benefits with other people in your household, which you may do with a standard membership.
How long will your Amazon Prime membership last with a Medicaid discount?
Your access to Amazon Prime deals at a lower monthly price will last up to four years from the date you sign up.
However, you must re-verify your Medicaid card every 12 months, in order to maintain your eligibility.
If your Medicaid card expires, and you do not renew it, you will no longer qualify for the Medicaid discount.
Amazon Prime will notify you a few days in advance, when it is time to re-verify your Medicaid card.
Once you have used the discount for four years, you may sign up for a different subscription plan.
If you do not want to continue your subscription after four years, make sure you cancel your membership so that you are not charged.
What happens if I do not cancel my membership before the renewal date?
If you do not cancel your membership from the Amazon Prime app on your phone or a computer, your membership may be automatically renewed at a standard rate of $199 per year or $12.99 per month.
However, you may be able to reverse the renewal by calling Amazon Prime customer service.
Once you call customer service, explain the situation, and ask to cancel your membership.
If you have not used the membership in any way since the renewal, you will most likely receive a full refund.
Learn About the Features of the Amazon Prime Membership
Amazon Prime books are an excellent feature of the membership, of which many people do not take advantage.
Books are available for download as Kindle books or eBooks.
If you do not have a Kindle but want to read a book that is only available in the Kindle version, you may download the Kindle app for free, and read the book through the app.
Genres of Amazon Prime Kindle books and eBooks are aplenty. They include:
- Children’s books.
- Graphic novels.
- Science fiction.
- Young adult.
Some of the most notable selections include “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood and “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling.
Amazon Prime Video is a feature of the membership that is more well-known.
Prime Video is a streaming service for movies and TV shows which includes videos in all genres. With a membership, it is free to stream videos offered on the website and the Amazon app.
You may also rent or purchase other movies through Amazon Video that are not free to stream with a Prime membership. Some of the most popular shows offered on Prime Video include:
- “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
There are also notable Amazon prime movies available. These include the below:
- “Lady Bird”
- “The Hurt Locker”
Amazon Prime music is a music streaming service that gives Prime members access to 2 million songs.
You may stream songs from a laptop or phone, and the service is ad-free. In addition, you may purchase music through Amazon Music, which allows you to download songs to your laptop, phone or another qualifying device.
Note that Prime Music is different from Amazon Music Unlimited, which is an extra $9.99 per month, though the first month is free.
Learn About the Amazon Prime Free Trial
You may want to take advantage of the Amazon Prime free trial before you sign up for a discount membership with your Medicaid card.
If you are new to Amazon, you have the option of signing up for a free trial that lasts 30 days. You must submit your billing information in order to sign up.
If you are a student, you may qualify for a free trial that lasts six months.
Learn About the Features of Amazon Shipping
An Amazon Prime discount does not mean that your access to the program’s many features will be limited. As with any other Prime membership, you may purchase items in the Amazon marketplace that are labeled as “Prime.”
The company sells more than 50 million items, making it relatively easy to find an item that you want.
You will also receive free, two-day shipping or even same-day shipping, depending on the item, and where you live.
To qualify for same-day shipping, you must purchase at least $35 worth of items that are labeled as “Free, Same-Day.” Then, you must place your order before the cut-off time, which is usually at noon.
You may also check your Amazon order number to track your package. Amazon’s tracking service will tell you where your item is, and the estimated time for delivery.