More than 9,000 individuals and companies in New York state have forgotten more than $1.1 million in checks issued by Univera Healthcare and its Rochester-based parent health plan. These funds are in the form of unclaimed checks issued in 2009 to members and health care providers.
A complete list of names of people and companies with checks to claim is available on the health plan's website at UniveraHealthcare.com/forgottenfunds.
Every year, New York state requires insurers, including Univera Healthcare, to post a list of unclaimed checks that are at least three years old, 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.
"This is money that was paid for claims or refunded premiums," said Art Wingerter, Univera Healthcare president. "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 Univera Healthcare 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 Aug. 31, do one of the following steps:
Current health plan members can call the phone number on their member ID card
Health care providers can call their Provider Relations representative.
Former members, or those calling on behalf of the estate of a former member, should call Univera Healthcare at 1-877-757-3850.
Please note that checks will not be mailed to claimants until after Aug. 31.