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 Changes includes U.S. domiciled dom·i·cile  
n.
1. A residence; a home.

2. One's legal residence.

v. dom·i·ciled, dom·i·cil·ing, dom·i·ciles

v.tr.
1.
 life, health-care and property/casualty insurers as well as international insurers that had ratings assigned as·sign  
tr.v. as·signed, as·sign·ing, as·signs
1. To set apart for a particular purpose; designate: assigned a day for the inspection.

2.
, changed or placed under review since this section last appeared in the May 2002 edition of Best's Review.

Best's Rating Changes is an abbreviated version of Best's Rating Monitor, which is published in Best Week, our weekly insurance industry newsletter. See page 18 for the Current Guide to Best's Ratings or visit the A.M. Best Co. Web site at www.ambest.com/ratings/access.html for detailed rating definitions.

The A.M. Best rating of any company and basic company information are also available free of charge at the Web site.
Ratings Changed

Rating                                         Current  Previous
Action  Company Name & Domicile         AMB#   Rating     Rating

Life

        American Chambers Life          07869  NR-5            F
        Insurance Company
        US: Ohio

        American Life Insurance         09091  NR-2         FPR4
        Company
        US: Illinois

        Associates Financial Life Ins   08940  NR-5         FPR7
        Co of NV
        US: Nevada

        Conseco Life Insurance Company  68083  NR-2         FPR6
        of Texas
        US: Texas

        LifeRe Insurance Company        09435  NR-2         FPR4
        US: Texas

        SAFECO National Life Insurance  08934  NR-2         FPR8
        Company
        US: Washington

        Transamerica Insurance          08151  NR-5         FPR8
        Corporation
        US: Iowa

New     Unified Life Insurance          60366  A-
        Company
        US: Texas

        USA Life One Insurance          06161  NR-5           B+
        Company of IN
        US: Indiana

-       Western Fraternal Life          07225  B++            A-
        Association
        US: Iowa

        Health Care

New     Ameritas Managed Dental         68921  A            NR-5
        Plan Inc
        US: California

        Gulf South Health Plans Inc     68759  NR-5            E
        US: Louisiana

New     Health First Health Plans       64115  B++           B q
        US: Florida

        IHC Benefit Assurance Company,  68430  NR-2         FPR4
        Inc
        US: Utah

        Medica Insurance Company        11072  NR-2         FPR5
        US: Minnesota

        Medical Community Insurance     60253  NR-5            E
        Company
        US: Texas

        Medical One Inc                 64387  NR-5            F
        US: Puerto Rico

New     Oath                            60149  F            C+ q
        US: Louisiana

        QualChoice of Virginia Health   64250  NR-5          B q
        Plan, Inc
        US: Virginia

        Texas Health Choice L C         60138  NR-5            B
        US: Texas

        US Health and Life Insurance    09184  NR-2         FPR5
        Company
        US: Michigan

New     Valley Baptist Health Plan,     64520  B+           C+ q
        Inc
        US: Texas

        Property/Casualty

+       Alliance Mutual Insurance       10007  B++            B+
        Company
        US: North Carolina

New     Anchor General Insurance        00364  B            NR-2
        Company
        US: California

-       Arbella Indemnity Insurance     11611  B++            A-
        Company
        US: Massachusetts

-       Arbella Insurance Group         18220  B++            A-
        US: Massachusetts

-       Arbella Mutual Insurance        10663  B++            A-
        Company
        US: Massachusetts

-       Arbella Protection Insurance    11335  B++            A-
        Company
        US: Massachusetts

New     ASI Lloyds                      12421  B++          NR-2
        US: Texas

-       Commonwealth Mutual Insurance   11786  B++            A-
        Company
        US: Massachusetts

-       Commonwealth Reinsurance        11787  B++            A-
        Company
        US: Massachusetts

+       Constitutional Casualty         03085  B              B-
        Company
        US: Illinois

-       Convenant Insurance Company     11706  B++            A-
        US: connecticut

-       Diamond Insurance Company       11985  C+             B+
        US: Illinois

        Eastern Casualty Indemnity      12420  NR-5           A-
        Company
        US: New Hampshire

-       Group Council Mutual            03745  F               D
        Insurance Company
        US: New York

        Kemper Environment Ltd          12104  NR-5          A u
        US: Illinois

+       Leatherstocking Cooperative     11250  A-            B++
        Insurance Co
        US: New York

        Louisiana Pest Control          11452  NR-4            D
        Insurance Company
        US: Louisiana

        Mutual Fire and Storm           01820  NR-4           B+
        Insurance Company
        US: Iowa

-       National Automotive Insurance
        Company                         11516  C++            B+
        US: Louisiana

-       Northwest Physicians Mutual     10352  B-            B++
        Insurance Co
        US: Oregon

-       Realm National Insurance        00567  C++            B+
        Company
        US: New York

-       Rock River Insurance Company    00812  A-           A+ u
        US: Wisconsin

-       Royal Llyods of Texas           02702  A              A+
        US: Texas

        Sauquoit Valley Insurance       10815  NR-4           B+
        Company
        US: New York

+       Sterling Insurance Company      00872  A-            B++
        US: New York

        Texas Medical Liability Trust   11615  NR-4          B++
        US: Texas

+       Union American Insurance        10471  C++             E
        Company
        US: Florida

+       Vanliner Insurance Company      02794  A-            B++
        US: Arizona

+       Virginia Farm Bureau Group      00952  A-            B++
        US: Virginia

+       Virginia Farm Bureau Mutual     02549  A-            B++
        Insurance Co
        US: Virginia

+       Virginia FB F & C Ins Co        02548  A-            B++
        US: Virginia

+       Viginia FB Town and Country     11667  A-            B++
        Ins Co
        US: Virginia

+       West Virginia Insurance         10979  A              A-
        Company
        US: Virginia

        International

New     Agricultural & General Ins Co   72223  B+
        Ltd
        Isle Of Man

        Contractors Casualty Ltd        11971  NR-5           A-
        Bermuda

New     Everest Re Group                84946  A+
        Bermuda

        I.P.C. Group                    85317  NR-4            C
        Bermuda

New     Iner-Industry Insurnace Co      56362  B+
        Ltd - Cons
        Isle Of Man

New     Manufactured Buildings Ins Co   72299  B+
        Lted
        Isle Of Man

        Mutual Indemnity (Barbados)     85819  NR-4            C
        Ltd
        Barbados

        Mutual Indemnity (Bermuda) Ltd  86288  NR-4            C
        Bermuda

        Mutual Indemnity (Dublin) Ltd   86077  NR-4            D
        Ireland

        Mutual Indemnity (U.S.) Ltd     85846  NR-4            C
        Bermuda

        Mutual Indemnity Ltd            85845  NR-4            C
        Bermuda

New     Risk Reinsurance Ltd            75069  A
        Cayman Islands
Ratings Under Review

Property/Casualty

Rating                                        Current  Previous
Action  Company Name & Domicile        AMB#    Rating    Rating

U       Alpha Property & Casualty      02634     A+ u        A+
        Insurance Co
        US: Wisconsin

U       American Country Insurance     02735    C++ u       C++
        Company
        US: Illinois

U       Charter County Mutual          11055     A+ u        A+
        Insurance Company
        US: Texas

U       Charter Indemnity Company      10419     A+ u        A+
        US: Texas

U       Commercial Underwriters        11316    A++ u       A++
        Insurance Co
        US: California

U       Financial Indemnity Company    00391     A+ u        A+
        US: California

U       First Mercury Insurance        11883    B++ u       B++
        Company
        US: Illinois

U       Milwaukee Casualty Insurance   03548     A+ u        A+
        Company
        US: Wisconsin

U       Milwaukee Mutual Insurance     00640     A+ u        A+
        Company
        US: Wisconsin

U       Milwaukee Safeguard Insurance  03289     A+ u        A+
        Company
        US: Wisconsin

U       Newmarket Underwriters         11990    A++ u       A++
        Insurance Company
        US: New Hampshire

U       Security National Insurance    02522     A+ u        A+
        Company
        US: Texas

U       Trinity Lloyds Insurance       03569     A+ u        A+
        Company
        US: Texas

U       Trinity Universal Ins Co of    04778     A+ u        A+
        KS, Inc
        US: Kansas

U       Trinity Universal Insurance    02523     A+ u        A+
        Company
        US: Texas

U       Union National Fire Insurance  03199     A+ u        A+
        Company
        US: Louisiana

U       Unitrin Direct Insurance       11762     A+ u        A+
        Company
        US: Illinois

U       Unitrin P & C Insurance Grp    00914     A+ u        A+
        US: Texas

U       Valley Insurance Company       01873     A+ u        A+
        US: California

U       Valley Property & Casualty     11979     A+ u        A+
        Insurance Co
        US: Oregon

Rating Action: (+) or (-) Rating upgraded or downgraded

(New) Assigned initial rating

(u) Rating placed under review
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