As Soon as You Know When and Where You Will Move

  • Contact your child's health insurance plan
  • Ask all current health care providers to make referrals to new providers
  • Contact the phone company for a phone book
  • Contact local emergency medical services (EMS)
  • Contact the local school system
  • Contact the State Department of Education to learn about special education
  • Contact the State Department of Public Health to learn about programs for children with special health needs
  • Contact the Chamber of Commerce for information about your new community
  • Visit the area and video tape it if possible
  • Contact your current medical equipment supplier
  • Learn about religious organizations and other special interest organizations in your area
  • Locate a pharmacy that accepts your health insurance
  • Contact parent organizations and support groups in the area
  • Call another parent from the area

Two Weeks Before Moving

  • Get new written prescriptions from your child's health care providers
  • Contact new school again
  • Send school reports
  • Send medical records to new health care providers
  • Notify electric company of moving date
  • Call phone company to set up new phone number
  • Call medical equipment supplier

Two Days Before Moving

  • Refill prescriptions
  • Make sure electricity is on in your new home
  • Make sure phone is on in your new home
  • Check supplies for trip
  • Call new medical equipment supplier

Do You Have Copies Of

  • Medical records
  • School records
  • IEPs, IFSPs, IHCPs, and other care plans
  • Shots and immunization records
  • List of medical supplies used
  • Prescriptions
  • Health insurance card
  • Letter from PCP and specialty providers explaining your child's condition

New Phone Numbers


Health Care Provider(s):

Health Insurance Plan:


Fire Department:

Police Department:

Electric Company:

Phone Company:

Gas/Oil Company:


Parent Support Group/Organizations:

State Department of Education:

State Department of Public Health:

Equipment Supplier:


House of Worship:


To access the "Moving Checklist" click on the link below:

Contact Information

Massachusetts Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02108-4619
800-882-1435 (in MA only) or 617-624-6060
617-624-5992 (TTY)

This information is provided by the Division of Perinatal, Early Childhood, and Special Health Needs within the Department of Public Health.