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Moving and Medicare Parts C & D: Act Fast for a Smooth Transition

Posted by Medicare Made Clear
  • man-outside-on-cellphoneEnroll in or change your Medicare Advantage plan
  • Enroll in or change your Part D drug plan
  • Drop your existing Medicare Advantage plan and return to Original Medicare

How to Enroll in a New Plan

To make changes to your Medicare Advantage plan or Part D plan, you’ll need to find out what your plan options are in your new area. You can get information about these plans from the Medicare website or the online Medicare Plan Finder tool. You can also learn about a specific plan by calling the customer service number at the private company that offers it.

If you are dual-eligible and qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid, you will need to contact the state you will live in to find out your Medicaid benefit options.

Your Special Enrollment Period

According to Medicare, if you notify your Medicare Advantage plan or Part D plan in advance of your move, your SEP to switch to another Medicare Advantage or Part D plan begins as early as the month before you move and lasts up to two months after you move. If you notify your Medicare Advantage plan or Part D plan after you move, your SEP to switch to another private health or drug plan begins the month you tell your plan, plus two more full months thereafter.

You may choose to begin coverage any time between the first day of the month you moved (as long as you have submitted a competed application), and up to three months after your Medicare Advantage plan or Part D plan receives the completed enrollment application.1

Contact your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) if you need additional help in finding a Medicare plan or if you have general Medicare questions.

For more information, explore MedicareMadeClear.com or contact the Medicare helpline 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), TTY 1-877-486-2048.


Medicare Plan Finder: Review, compare and join a new Medicare plan. (Medicare.gov)

Special Enrollment Periods: Find out how and when you qualify for an SEP. (Medicare.gov)

Medicare Special Enrollment Periods: Learn about other Medicare SEPs. (Medicare Made Clear)

1Special Enrollment Periods for Medicare Advantage Plans and Medicare Part D Plans: MedicareInteractive.org, Medicare Rights Center, Page 9, number 8, September 2014

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