More than 6,210 individuals and companies in New York state have forgotten nearly $900,000 in checks issued by Excellus Health Plan, including by its d.b.a., Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.
This isnâ€™t money left in their pockets, but is in the form of unclaimed checks issued in 2006 to members and providers.
Every year, the state requires insurers such as Excellus BlueCross BlueShield 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 the end of August, the money is then turned over to the Comptroller of the State of New York.
â€œThis is money that was paid for claims or refunded premiums. If the money remains unclaimed, it will go to the state,â€ said Christopher C. Booth, executive vice president and chief operating officer. â€œIt 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.â€
Most of the funds that have yet to be redeemed were allocated to Excellus BlueCross BlueShield 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.
A complete list of names of people and companies with checks to claim is available on the companyâ€™s Web site at: https://www.excellusbcbs.com/wps/portal/xl/our/news/forgottenfunds/. You can also see the legal notices beginning on April 26 in many newspapers across New York state.
To claim a check prior to August 31:
â€¢ Contact Customer Services by e-mail at https://www.excellusbcbs.com/wps/portal/xl/our/contact/ or Provider Services by e-mail at: https://www.excellusbcbs.com/wps/portal/xl/prv/cnt/cnt
â€¢ If you currently are an Excellus BlueCross BlueShield member, call the phone number on your member identification card.
â€¢ If you no longer are a member of Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, or if you are calling on behalf of the estate of a family member, call Excellus BlueCross BlueShield at 1 (877) 757-3850.