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Still, moving can also be stressful. There are a lot of details to coordinate. Finding a new place to live, boxing up your belongings, and getting everything from point A to point B are just a few. Some important things can fall through the cracks.
While you’ll probably remember to forward your mail, what about your health insurance? Take steps early on to make sure you don’t have a gap in health insurance during and after your move. Here’s how:
The insurance you trusted to meet your needs in Dallas may not be available in Boise – or wherever you move. You could find yourself outside your health plan network. Don’t worry. Moving is considered a “qualifying event” that allows you to sign up for another health plan during a special enrollment period (SEP).
You may qualify for special enrollment if you move:
If your move falls into an SEP category, you’ll have 60 days to change your plan or enroll in a new one after moving. If you don’t qualify for special enrollment, you may be eligible for a temporary or short-term coverage to help you get by until the next annual open enrollment period (OEP).
What are some other ways you can make your move less stressful? Try these tips:
Forward Your Mail to Your New AddressYou may remember to change your address for your Internet and banking statements, but what about your online shopping and streaming accounts? You can easily take care of forwarding everything online at USPS.
Pack an Essentials BoxThere’s nothing worse than trying to settle in and having no idea which box your toothbrush or toilet paper is in. Pack essential items you’ll need your first night together in clear or well-labeled boxes.
Clearly Label All BoxesMark every box with the room it belongs in. Doing so ensures they are placed in the correct room and makes unpacking easier.
Turn On Your UtilitiesElectric, gas, internet and cable services may require a day or two to get set up. Plan ahead to have them activated before your arrival so you aren’t left in the dark or the cold.
While moving can be a hectic, it will go a lot more smoothly with a little advance planning and preparation.
Originally published 9/2/2015; Revised 2022
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