A.M. Best Places Ratings of Capital District Physicians' Health Plan, Inc. and CDPHP Universal Benefits, Inc. Under Review With Negative Implications.OLDWICK, N.J. -- A.M. Best Co. has placed the financial strength rating (FSR (Free System Resource) In Windows 3.x, the amount of unused memory in various 64K blocks reserved for managing current applications. Every open window takes some space in this area. See Windows memory limitation. ) of B++ (Good) and issuer credit rating (ICR (Intelligent Character Recognition or Image Character Recognition) The machine recognition of hand-printed characters as well as machine printing that is difficult to recognize. ) of "bbb" of Capital District Physicians' Health Plan, Inc. (CDPHP CDPHP Capital District Physicians' Health Plan ) and the FSR of B+ (Good) and ICR of "bbb-" of CDPHP Universal Benefits, Inc. (UBI UBI Universidade da Beira Interior (Portugal)
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These rating actions follow CDPHP and UBI's declining underwriting Underwriting
1. The process by which investment bankers raise investment capital from investors on behalf of corporations and governments that are issuing securities (both equity and debt).
2. The process of issuing insurance policies. performances reported through third quarter 2008. Furthermore, CDPHP has reported an underwriting loss through September 2008, which is its first underwriting loss since 2003. Additionally, A.M. Best is concerned about the low level of capitalization at UBI. However, A.M. Best does recognize that, in the past, CDPHP has provided surplus notes to support UBI, including fourth quarter 2008.
The ratings will remain under review pending further discussion with both companies' management, which will focus on a review of year-end 2008 results as well as financial projections for 2009 and the overall capital management of both companies.
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