Excellus BlueCross BlueShield wants to pay more than 13,600 New Yorkers and companies, including hundreds across Central New York, more than $2.66 million in unclaimed checks and refunds, officials from the health insurance organization stated.
According to Excellus, the checks were issued to members and providers going as far back as 2011, but had never been cashed.
A complete list of names of people, and companies, with checks to claim, along with instructions on how to claim those funds, is available online at excellusbcbs.com/forgottenfunds.
Every year, the state requires health insurers to print a legal notice, including the names of all individuals and companies that have been issued checks which haven’t been cashed in three years.
In order to claim a check, current Excellus BlueCross BlueShield members can call the phone number listed on their member identification cards, before Aug. 31. Former members, or those calling on behalf of the estate of a family member, can call Excellus BlueCross BlueShield at 1-877-757-3850.
Checks will not be mailed to claimants until after Aug. 31.
In addition, according to Excellus, if the funds haven’t been claimed by the end of August, the company will be required by law to turn the money over to the Comptroller of the State of New York.
“This is money that was paid for claims or refunded premiums,” said Christopher Booth, Excellus’ president and chief executive officer. “If the money remains unclaimed, it will go to the state. 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.”