New York State
Insurance Department


ISSUED: 1/8/2002

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DEPARTMENT ISSUES REMINDER THAT FEBRUARY 15TH IS THE DEADLINE TO FILE HOLOCAUST INSURANCE CLAIMS

            Superintendent of Insurance Gregory V. Serio today advised Holocaust survivors and their heirs to file insurance claims with the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims (ICHEIC) before February 15th to obtain benefits from any Holocaust-era insurance policies they may be entitled to.

            "I strongly encourage citizens to submit their claims to ICHEIC before the deadline of February 15th ," said Serio. "In 1998, Governor Pataki signed the Holocaust Victim’s Insurance Law to bring us closer to bringing justice to Holocaust victims and their families. Claimants should contact ICHEIC to preserve their rights and/or the rights of their loved ones."

            The New York Holocaust Claims Processing Office stands ready to assist all insurance claimants. Their toll-free telephone number is 800-695-3318. In addition, claim forms may be obtained by calling the international commission toll-free at (800) 957-3203 in the United States or visiting the ICHEIC Web site at www.icheic.org. As of Dec. 7, 2001, ICHEIC has received 20,116 U.S. claims, of which 4,794 are from New York State.

            In July 1998, Governor Pataki signed the Holocaust Victim’s Insurance Law, which required all insurance companies licensed in New York State to file a plan that outlined the procedures they had in place that would allow Holocaust survivors and heirs worldwide to resolve unpaid insurance claims.

            "Since 1998 the Insurance Department has been aggressively pursuing claims by Holocaust survivors and their heirs against Swiss banks and European insurers, leading the nation in securing justice for Holocaust survivors and their heirs, many of whom are owed long-overdue payments on insurance claims," added Serio.

            ICHEIC was established in 1998 by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) in cooperation with several European insurance companies, European regulators, representatives of several Jewish organizations and the State of Israel to establish a just process that will expeditiously address the issue of unpaid insurance policies issued to victims of the Holocaust.


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