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How do I update my address for Medicare?
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You can change your address for Medicare on the My Profile Tab on the My Social Security Tab on the Social Security Administration website
You can also call the Social Security Administration and change the address or visit your local Medicare office
If any of your information is printed incorrectly on your Medicare card, you can change it online and request that Medicare mail you a replacement card
If you are worried about identity theft, only give your personal information, including address, to either your medical provider, insurer, or related personnel, such as the Social Security office
Medicare is required to protect your privacy by law and you have the right to know exactly how they use your information, including your address, and who they give that information to
How do I change or update my address with Medicare?
The quickest way to update your address for Medicare is to do it online on the Social Security website, even if you do not receive Social Security benefits. You can go on the My Profile tab on the Social Security website and click on my Social Security, where there will be an option to change your address.
You can also choose when you want this change of address to take place, which can be convenient if you are not moving right away but would like to get your affairs in order.
Although changing your address online is the fastest way to make an effective difference, you do have other options. You can call the Social Security Administration office and tell them about your change in address or you can visit your local office.
What if information is printed incorrectly on my Medicare card?
If other information was printed incorrectly on your Medicare card, or if it was lost or stolen, you can request a replacement online, also on your My Social Security account. You can create your account online if you do not already have one.
You will go to the “Replacement Documents” tab and then click on “Mail my Replacement Medicare Card.” It may take close to 30 days for your new Medicare card to arrive.
You are still eligible to see your medical provider and received Medicare coverage during this time. If for some reason you can not use the online service or do not want to, it is possible to give the Social Security office a call.
If you are concerned about identity theft associated with Medicare and that someone might have access to your personal information, including your address, there are several things you can do to protect yourself.
Be sure not to give your personal information to anyone who calls or attempts to come into your house and sign you up for Medicare or ask personal questions about your Medicare information.
Medicare employees do not do this. Only give your personal information to your medical provider, an insurer who coordinates payments and benefits with Medicare, or other people who may work with Medicare, such as those in the Social Security office.
Medicare Privacy Practices
It is also important to be aware of how Medicare uses your information, including your address, and how they disclose it to others. Medicare can give out your personal and medical information when required by law, specifically to you, and to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, if necessary. They can also give your information out to Medicare carriers to assist in payment of the services.
Medicare may also give out your information in rare circumstances such as judicial proceedings or for public health reporting reasons in the event of an outbreak.
Medicare Contact Information
You should know how to contact Medicare, not just to change your address and personal information, but in the event of other issues as well. If you have questions about billing or claims, you should log into the MyMedicare.gov or call 1-800-MEDICARE. The mailing address you may need to send documentation to is also available on the Medicare website.
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