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James J. Wrynn    Superintendent of Insurance    25 Beaver Street  New York, N.Y. 10004

ISSUED 09/22/2009 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW YORK STATE INSURANCE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES NAIC ACCREDITATION HONORS

The New York State Insurance Department is now accredited under the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ (NAIC) Financial Regulations Standards and Accreditation Program.

The honor was recognized at the NAIC’s Fall National Meeting in National Harbor, MD. “The accreditation program is the cornerstone of solvency regulation, and it helps keep us accountable to one another,” said Roger Sevigny, NAIC President and New Hampshire Insurance Commissioner. “By obtaining accreditation, New York has demonstrated its continued commitment to the NAIC and state-based financial solvency regulation.”

“State insurance regulators share a common commitment to policyholder protection through solvency regulation,” said New York Insurance Superintendent James J. Wrynn. “New York’s decision to seek accreditation underlines that commitment.”

Accredited insurance departments are required to undergo a comprehensive review by an independent review team every five years to ensure departments continue to meet baseline financial solvency oversight standards. The accreditation standards require state insurance departments to have adequate statutory and administrative authority to regulate an insurer’s corporate and financial affairs, and that they have the necessary resources to carry out that authority.

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