Moving to a New State

You do not need to change your Original Medicare coverage if you move to a new state. However, you will need to notify your current health care provider, so you can transfer your medical records.

Beneficiaries may use any doctor or hospital that accepts Medicare.

Not sure which doctors in your new area accept Medicare? You can log on to and use the physician comparison tool, which will provide you a list of providers accepting Medicare.

Don’t forget to go on the Social Security website, SSA.Gov  and update your mailing address.

Other options are visiting your local Social Security office and updating your information in person; or calling Social Security at 1-800-772-1213. If you are TTY you can call 1-800-325-0778.

Representatives answer the phone lines Monday – Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Medicare Advantage (Part C) and  Prescription Drug Plan (Part D)

Moving outside your service area? This means it’s time to enroll in a new plan. You will qualify for a Special Election Period (SEP) to change your coverage.

If you get in touch with your Medicare plan provider before you move, your SEP starts the month before you leave and will end two months after you move. If you do not notify your plan until after you move,  your SEP will start the month you inform them and run for 2 months after.

To find Medicare plans in your service area, please call 1-800- MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) for TTY Users 1-877-486-2048. Representatives answer these phone lines 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

Medigap (Medicare Insurance)

Thinking about switching to a new Medigap plan offered in your new area?

If you don’t have guaranteed issued (GI) rights, there is a chance you may have to pay a higher premium, or be rejected if you have pre-existing health conditions.

GI Rights – also known as Medigap Protections – are special protections you have in certain situations to buy Medigap insurance. If you qualify, insurance companies cannot deny you coverage or charge you higher premiums because of pre-existing conditions.

Read More: Replacing Your Medicare Card
Learn About: Medicare Reimbursement
Return to: Medicare Admin

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