New York State
Insurance Department


ISSUED: 1/28/2002

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ADDENDUM

DEADLINE TO FILE HOLOCAUST INSURANCE CLAIMS EXTENDED

            Superintendent of Insurance Gregory V. Serio today advised that the deadline for Holocaust survivors and their heirs to file insurance claims with the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims (ICHEIC) to obtain benefits from any Holocaust-era insurance policies has been extended to September 30th.

            "I am pleased that the deadline has been extended which will allow for more valid claims to be honored," said Serio. "The extended timeline gives insurance companies an opportunity to fulfill their commitments to victims of the Holocaust who have insurance coverage. ICHEIC’s decision to extend the timeline will allow adequate time to collect lists of insurance policyholders from the companies, process them and publish the names with adequate time for the public to review the lists."

            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.

            The new deadline has been extended by ICHEIC after an initial deadline was set for February 15th. On January 8th, the Department in a press release advised New Yorkers of the earlier established deadline date.


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