UTICA, N.Y. – More than 10,960 individuals and companies in New York state have not cashed more than $1.77 million in checks issued by Excellus Health Plan, including by its d.b.a., Excellus BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS). This isn’t money left in their pockets, but is in the form of unclaimed checks issued in 2015 to members and providers.
Notifications were mailed to all individuals advising of unclaimed funds due to them. A complete list of names of people and companies with checks to claim is available on the company’s website at ExcellusBCBS.com/UnclaimedFunds.
Every year, the state requires insurers like Excellus BCBS to make a list of unclaimed checks that are at least three years old. The names are then placed in advertisements in local papers in an attempt to find the people who have money to claim. If the property is not claimed by August, the money is then turned over to the Comptroller of the State of New York.
“This is money that was paid for claims or refunded premiums. If the money remains unclaimed, it will go to the state,” said Christopher C. Booth, president, and chief executive officer. “It rightfully belongs to our members or providers and we want to make sure they have one more chance to claim it before it goes to the state.”
Most of the funds that have yet to be redeemed were allocated to Excellus BCBS members and providers. Checks may not have been cashed for a number of reasons. The member may have moved and not left a forwarding address, a member may have died, or the member simply forgot about the money.
To claim a check prior to August 1, return the form that Excellus BCBS mailed to you as soon as possible. If you did not receive the form:
- Go to the Excellus BCBS website at ExcellusBCBS.com or click HERE to search for your name and address
- If you are listed on the site, download and complete the form available on the page
- If you have moved to a new address or if you are calling on behalf of the estate of a family member, and do not have internet access, please call Excellus BCBS at 1-800-499-1275
Responses must be received by August 1. Please allow up to 90 days for processing.