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Division Director

Sha'Ron James

Assistant Director

Al Willis


Division of Rehabilitation and Liquidation
Alexander Bldg.,
2020 Capital Circle SE, Ste. 310
Tallahassee, FL 32301
1-800-882-3054
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Company Information
SunStar Health Plans, Inc.

Name of Company: SunStar Health Plan, Inc.
case number: 99-6705
Date of Liquidation: February 1, 2000
Policy Cancellation Date: Various
Claim Filing Deadline: February 2, 2001
date of discharge: December 28, 2012
Guaranty Association: Florida Health Maintenance Organization Consumer Assistance Plan
Type of Coverage: Health Maintenance Organization
State of Domicile: Florida
Status of Receivership: Closed

Notice of Receivership

SunStar Health Plan, Inc. ("SunStar") was a Florida health maintenance organization based in Heathrow, Florida. SunStar wrote group and health care policies and provided health care coverage to approximately 80,000 subscribers, including approximately 1,000 Medicare subscribers.  On December 9, 1999, the Florida Department of Financial Services petitioned the Second Judicial Circuit Court in and for Leon County, Florida ("Court") to appoint the Department as Receiver of SunStar for purposes of liquidation.  The Department's action was based on an examination of SunStar's financial condition.  The Department requested a "show cause" hearing which was held on February 1, 2000.  At the hearing, SunStar was given an opportunity to argue why it should not be placed in receivership.  At the hearing, SunStar was found to be insolvent and SunStar was court ordered into liquidation on February 1, 2000. The Florida Department of Financial Services is the court appointed Receiver of SunStar.

Claims Evaluation and Distribution

On July 21, 2004, the First Interim Claims Report was filed with the Court in the estate of SunStar. On July 23, 2004, the Court issued an order approving the report. On July 23, 2004, notices were mailed to 6,387 claimants who filed a proof of claim in the estate. The notice informed them of the Receiver's recommendations concerning the classification and amount of their claim, along with instructions on how to proceed if the claimant objected to the recommendations. Objections were required to be filed by the claimant, in writing, with both the Court and Receiver and postmarked by September 15, 2004. Objections filed after that date were not considered.

On February 7, 2006, the Second Interim Claims Report was filed with the Court. On February 8, 2006, the Court issued an order approving the report. Notices were then mailed to seven claimants who filed a proof of claim in the estate. The notice informed them of the Receiver's recommendations concerning the classification and amount of their claim, along with instructions on how to proceed if the claimant objected to the recommendations. Objections were required to be filed by the claimant, in writing, with both the Court and Receiver and postmarked by April 17, 2006. Objections filed after that date were not considered.

On July 13, 2007, the Third Interim Claims Report was filed with the Court. On July 19, 2007, the Court issued an order approving the report. Notices were then mailed to nine claimants who filed a proof of claim in the estate. The notice informed them of the Receiver's recommendations concerning the classification and amount of their claim, along with instructions on how to proceed if the claimant objected to the recommendations. Objections were required to be filed by the claimant, in writing, with both the Court and Receiver and postmarked by August 23, 2007. Objections filed after that date were not considered.

On October 12, 2007, the Fourth Interim Claims Report was filed with the Court. On October 15, 2007, the Court issued an order approving the report. Notices were then mailed to 21 claimants who filed a proof of claim in the estate. The notice informed them of the Receiver's recommendations concerning the classification and amount of their claim, along with instructions on how to proceed if the claimant objected to the recommendations. Objections were required to be filed by the claimant, in writing, with both the Court and Receiver and postmarked by November 30, 2007. Objections filed after this date were not considered.

On February 7, 2008, the Receiver filed a motion for approval of the Final Claims Report, Claims Distribution Report, Distribution Accounting and approval to make a distribution to claimants in Classes 1, 2, and 3. On February 7, 2008, an order was entered that granted approval for the Receiver to mail distribution checks representing 100% of the recommended and adjudicated amounts to claimants in Classes 1, 2 and 3. As a result of the order, 327 claimants were approved to receive a distribution check. The checks were mailed on February 19, 2008. On August 6, 2010, the Fifth Interim Claims Report was filed with the Court. On August 9, 2010, the Court issued an order approving the report. On August 30, 2010, notices were mailed to 447 claimants who filed a proof of claim in the estate. The notice informed them of the Receiver's recommendations concerning the classification and amount of their claim, along with instructions on how to proceed if the claimant objected to the recommendations. Objections are required to be filed by the claimant, in writing, with both the Court and Receiver and postmarked by October 28, 2010. Objections filed after this date will not be considered.

On October 25, 2011, checks were made to Class 2 and 3 claimants not previously paid in the February 19, 2008 distribution representing 100% of the recommended and adjudicated amount. One Class 5 check was mailed at 100% of the recommended and adjudicated amount. A total of 3,441 checks were mailed to Class 6 claimants representing 18.6% of the recommended and adjudicated amount.

Providers wanting to know what their check was for so they can apply the payment to the proper clients should refer to the documentation initially used to file their claim, if still available. Unfortunately, due to the age of the estate, the Receiver no longer has access to claimant level detail to answer these questions.

On May 10, 2012, using additional funds recovered by the Receiver, a total of 3,840 checks were mailed to Class 6 claimants representing 4.03% of the unpaid balance of the recommended and adjudicated amount owed each claimant. The total of all checks was $1,442,560.34.

On September 27, 2012, using funds recovered by the Receiver after the May 2012 distribution, a total of 3,840 checks were mailed to Class 6 claimants representing 2.5% of the unpaid balance of the recommended and adjudicated amount owed each claimant. The total of all checks was $840,020.40. At this time, no further distributions are contemplated in this estate. The Receiver plans to close the SunStar Receivership by the end of 2012. Claimants receiving distribution checks are urged to deposit/cash the checks by the end of October 2012.