Press Release (ePRNews.com) - BUFFALO, NY - Apr 25, 2018 - More than 10,400 individuals and companies in New York state have forgotten more than $2.1 million in checks issued by Univera Healthcare and its parent company. This isn’t money left in their pockets, but is in the form of unclaimed checks issued in 2014 to members and providers.
A complete list of names of people and companies with check to claim is available on the company’s website at UniveraHealthcare.Com/UnclaimedFunds.
Every year, the state requires insurers such as Univera Healthcare to make a list of unclaimed checks that are at least three years old. The names are placed in legal notices in local newspapers papers in an attempt to find the people who have money to claim. If the property is not claimed by August, the money is 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.”
Most of the unclaimed funds 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 August 1, do one of the following steps:
- Via email, contact Customer Services or Provider Services
- By phone:
- If you are currently a health plan member, please call the phone number on your member identification card.
- If you are no longer a health plan member, or if you are calling on behalf of the estate of a family member, call Univera Healthcare: 1-800-499-1275.
Please note that checks will be mailed to claimants on or before August 31.
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Univera Healthcare is a nonprofit health plan that is part of a family of companies financing and delivering health services for about 1.5 million upstate New Yorkers. Based in Buffalo, the health plan serves members across the eight counties that comprise Western New York.
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