If you have Medicare and are moving, there are a few ways to notify the federal health insurance program of your change of address. You can update your address online, in-person, or via phone. When submitting an address change online, you need to have a Social Security account. If you don't notify Medicare of your address change, you may not receive replacement cards (if lost or stolen) or important information regarding your account. Read on to learn how to make a Medicare change of address.
Ways to Change Your Address With Medicare
There are a few different ways you change your address with Medicare.
- Call 800-772-1213
- Call your local Social Security office
- Log into your my Social Security account and make the change online
Once you've updated your address, allow between seven to 14 days for the information to be processed and shown on all statements.
Pro Tip: If this is your first time enrolling in Medicare, our Medicare enrollment guide will walk you through the process.
How to Submit a Medicare Change of Address Online — Step by Step
When updating your address online, follow these easy steps!
- Visit Social Security's Change of Address page.
- Log into your my Social Security account if you have one (if not, register).
- Click the “my profile” tab.
- Click the “contact” link to update your information.
- Choose the date you'd like for the update to take effect.
- Review your updated information and click “submit.”
Pro Tip: For all things Medicare-related, from FAQs to understanding coverage and eligibility, be sure to check out our Medicare hub.
Reasons You Need to Report Your Change of Address to Medicare
There are several important reasons to update your address. Changing your address allows:
- Medicare to send you your new card when moving (or a replacement card if it's lost or damaged).
- Medicare to continue sending you your quarterly summary notices.
- You to receive your annual “Medicare and You” handbook.
- Medicare to continue mailing information regarding your billing and coverage.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How long do you have to report an address change to Social Security?
You have up to 10 days after the end of the month during which the change occurred to update your address.
- Does changing my Social Security address change my Medicare address?
You’re required to contact Social Security because Medicare works in conjunction with the Social Security Administration. If you have Medicare but don’t receive Social Security benefits, you still need to contact Social Security to update your address with Medicare.
- Do you need a new Medicare card if you’re moving?
Yes, once you submit your information and it’s processed, you’ll receive a new Medicare card within roughly 30 days.
- What if I’m moving to an assisted living facility or nursing home?
If you’re moving to an assisted living facility or nursing home, it’s always a good idea to check if they can receive your mail. If yes, simply update your address to the facility’s. If hesitant, you can always change your address to a close friend or family member who will ensure you receive your mail.