A recent Executive Order issued by Governor Cuomo, together with recent amendments to the insurance and banking regulations (the “regulations”) issued by the New York State Department of Financial Services (“Department”), extends grace periods and gives you other rights under your life insurance policy or annuity contract if you are a New York resident and can demonstrate financial hardship as a result of the novel coronavirus (“COVID 19”) pandemic. These grace periods and rights are currently in effect but are temporary, though they may be extended further. Please check the Department’s website at https://www.dfs.ny.gov/consumers/coronavirus for updates.
A copy of the Executive Order and regulations can be found at www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20213-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency
Sections 3203, 3219, and 3220 of the Insurance Law are modified to provide a life insurance policyholder or annuity contract holder or a certificate holder, as these terms are used in such sections, under a group policy or contract with 90 days to exercise rights or benefits under the applicable life insurance policy or annuity contract for any policyholder or contract holder or certificate holder under the group policy or contract who is unable timely to exercise rights or benefits as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Exercise of Rights and Benefits – Grace Period
If you are unable to timely exercise rights and benefits under life insurance and annuity contracts as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, you have 90 days to exercise such rights and benefits.
Variable contracts are offered by prospectus only. Investors should consider the investment objective, risks, charges, and expenses carefully before investing. The prospectus, which contains this and other important information, is available from your Financial Advisor and should be read carefully before investing.
It is important to note that variable contracts may be variable whole life (the insurance company cannot change the internal expenses and the policy holder cannot change the death benefit) or variable universal life (offering a flexible premium, an adjustable death benefit, and allows the insurance company to change the internal expenses). Due to the variable sub-accounts, the insured is accepting additional risk in the variable life contract.