New York State
Insurance Department


ISSUED 3/20/2003

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DEADLINE TO FILE HOLOCAUST INSURANCE CLAIMS EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 2003

        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 30, 2003.

        The original deadline was changed by ICHEIC Chairman and former Secretary of State Lawrence S. Eagleburger to allow the ICHEIC sufficient time to publish additional names of policyholders on its Web site and provide adequate time for the public to review the lists.

        "While we cannot change the course of history, we can actively assist Holocaust victims by helping them reclaim what is rightfully theirs," said Superintendent Serio, who chairs the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) International Holocaust Commission Task Force. "By extending the filing deadline, we are providing every opportunity to those who believe they may have the basis for a claim."

        Claim forms may be obtained from the international commission by calling (800) 957-3203 in the United States or visiting the ICHEIC Website at www.icheic.org. Additionally, the New York Holocaust Claims Processing Office stands ready to assist all insurance claimants. Their toll-free telephone number is 800-695-3318.

        The new deadline has been re-extended by ICHEIC due to publication of lists. Deadlines had previously set for February 15, 2002, September 30, 2002 and March 30, 2003.


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