Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

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Excellus BlueCross BlueShield (Excellus BCBS, or Excellus) is a non-profit health insurance company headquartered in Rochester, New York. It is part of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Excellus BCBS is upstate New York's largest nonprofit health plan.[1]


In 2001, Excellus merged with Univera Healthcare (formerly North AmeriCare), based in Buffalo. Univera retained its name and is separate from the Excellus BCBS product. [2][3][4]

Excellus was the target of a cyberattack in 2015, in which 10.5 million records were hacked, and cost the company 17.5 million dollars.[5]

Previous names[edit]

The company's BlueCross BlueShield subsidiaries have been known as:[6]

  • BlueCross BlueShield of Central New York,
  • BlueCross BlueShield of the Rochester Area,
  • BlueCross BlueShield of Utica-Watertown.


Excellus BlueCross BlueShield has four regional headquarters and additional field offices:[6]

  • Central New York Region, based in Syracuse with an additional office in Watertown;
  • Central New York Southern Tier Region, based in Elmira with an additional office in Binghamton;
  • Rochester Region, based in Rochester;
  • Utica Region, based in Utica with additional offices in Oneonta and Plattsburgh.


  1. ^ "Contributing to a Health Economy for Upstate New York" (PDF). Excellus. Spring 2010. Retrieved 11 August 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Stories". www.bizjournals.com. October 23, 2000. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  3. ^ "Stories". www.bizjournals.com. October 1, 2001. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  4. ^ "Approval rate". myportal.dfs.ny.gov. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  5. ^ "Breach cost Excellus $17.3M in 2015". Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Retrieved 28 January 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ a b "Company Information". Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. Retrieved 11 August 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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