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Fitch Takes Various Actions on 8 Health Insurers.

CHICAGO -- Fitch Ratings today has updated its Quantitative Insurer Financial Strength (Q-IFS) ratings for 8 health insurers.

Fitch is affirming the ratings of UCare Minnesota, DC Chartered Health Plan Inc, and Texas Children's Health Plan. Fitch is also upgrading the rating of Lovelace Sandia Health Systems.

At the same time, Fitch has also withdrawn the ratings for four companies that no longer meet Fitch's criteria to be eligible to receive a Q-IFS rating.

For more information on Fitch's Q-IFS ratings, visit the Fitch Ratings web site www.fitchratings.com. A copy of the criteria report, 'The Updated U.S. Health Insurer Quantitative Insurer Financial Strength Ratings Methodology,' dated Aug. 10, 2006, is available under 'Insurance' and 'Criteria Reports'.

Fitch has affirmed the following Q-IFS ratings:

UCare Minnesota (NAIC Code 52629)

-- Q-IFS 'Aq'

DC Chartered Health Plan Inc (NAIC Code 95748)

-- Q-IFS 'BBq'

Texas Children's Health Plan (NAIC Code 95329)

-- Q-IFS 'BBBq'

Fitch has upgraded the following Q-IFS rating:

Lovelace Sandia Health Systems, Inc (NAIC Code 95808)

-- Q-IFS 'BBq' from 'Bq'

Fitch has withdrawn the following Q-IFS ratings:

Molina Healthcare of Indiana Inc. (NAIC Code 12249)

-- Q-IFS 'Bq'

MDNY Healthcare Inc (NAIC Code 95476)

-- Q-IFS 'CCCq'

Physicians Health Plan of Southwest Michigan (NAIC Code 52569)

-- Q-IFS 'BBq'

Wellcare of New York Inc (NAIC Code 95534)

-- Q-IFS 'BBq'

Fitch's rating definitions and the terms of use of such ratings are available on the agency's public site, www.fitchratings.com. Published ratings, criteria and methodologies are available from this site, at all times. Fitch's code of conduct, confidentiality, conflicts of interest, affiliate firewall, compliance and other relevant policies and procedures are also available from the 'Code of Conduct' section of this site. The issuer did not participate in the rating process other than through the medium of its public disclosure.
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