Syracuse, N.Y. — Hundreds of people and companies in Central New York, and thousands across the state, have not cashed more than $2.1 million in checks issued by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and its parent company.
These checks were issued to members and providers in 2014, but were never cashed. If the funds aren’t claimed by the end of August, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield is required to turn the money over to New York state.
A complete list of names of people and companies with checks to claim is available on the company’s website at ExcellusBCBS.com/UnclaimedFunds.
“This is money that was paid for claims or refunded premiums,” said Jim Reed, regional president, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. “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 checks that have yet to be cashed were allocated to Excellus BlueCross BlueShield members and providers, who may have forgotten to cash the checks, moved and left no forwarding address, or died.
To claim a check prior to August 31, current Excellus BlueCross BlueShield members can call the phone number listed on their member identification card. Former members, or those calling on behalf of the estate of a family member, can call Excellus BlueCross BlueShield at 1-800-499-1275.
Checks will be mailed to claimants on or before August 31.