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 the end of August, the money is then turned over to the Comptroller of the State of New York. Kevin Kane, cooperate communications manager at Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield says more than 10,400 individuals and companies in New York State have forgotten more than $1.41 million in checks issued by Excellus Health Plan, including by its d.b.a., Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield in the form of unclaimed checks issued in 2010 to members and providers. Kane tells WNBZ. “There are over $5,200.00 sitting in Franklin Country, $5,600 in Essex and $16,000 awaiting claim in Clinton County.”
A complete list of names of people and companies with checks to claim is available on the company’s website. Printed legal notices listed by county have been or will be placed this week in their respective counties local regional daily or weekly newspapers across New York State. Kane says, in Franklin Co the list will be in the Malone Telegram and The Adirondack Daily Enterprise. In Essex, the Lake Placid News and in Clinton, the Press Republican.