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Best's Rating Changes. (Ratings).

This his summary of Best's Rating Changes includes U.S.-domiciled life, health-care and property/casualty insurers as well as international insurers that had ratings assigned, changed or placed under review since this section last appeared in the August 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.

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Ratings Changed

Rating Current
Action Company Name & Domicile AMB# Rating

 Life

- Allmerica Financial Life Ins & Ann Co 08491 A-
 US: Delaware

 Alta Health & Life Insurance Company 06871 NR-3
 US: Indiana

- Annuity & Life Reassurance America Inc 06281 A- u
 US: Connecticut

- Bankers Life and Casualty Company 06149 B++ u
 US: Illinois

- Conseco Annuity Assurance Company 06080 B++ u
 Illinois

- Conseco Direct Life Insurance Company 06240 B++ u
 US: Pennsylvania

- Conseco Health Insurance Company 08101 B++ u
 Arizona

- Conseco Life Insurance Co of NY 60002 B++ u
 US: New York

- Conseco Life Insurance Company 06692 B++ u
 Indiana

- Conseco Medical Insurance Company 06516 B++ u
 US: Illinois

- Conseco Senior Health Insurance Company 07910 B++ u
 US: Pennsylvania

- First Allmerica Financial Life Ins Co 07086 A-
 US: Massachusetts

- First Central National Life Ins Co of NY 08256 A+
 US: New York

New First Columbine Life Insurance Company 060293 A+
 US: Colorado

 First Golden American Life Ins Co of NY 60213 NR-5
 US: New York

+ Household Life Insurance Company 09129 A+
 US: Michigan

- Life Insurance Company of Georgia 06643 A
 US: Georgia

 London Pacific Life & Annuity Company 07056 C++
 US: North Carolina

 London Pacific Life & Annuity Company 07056 NR-4
 US: North Carolina

 London Pacific Life & Annuity 07056 E
 Company
 US: North Carolina

 Loyal Christian Benefit Association 09811 NR-4
 US: Pennsylvania

 Midland Life Insurance Company 06710 NR-5
 US: Ohio

- Pioneer Life Insurance Company 06710 NR-5
 US: Illinois

New Primerica Life Insurance 06984 B++ u
 Company
 Canada: Ontario

- Washington National Insurance 07218 B++ u
 Company of CN
 US: Illinois

 Health Care

 AECC Total Vision Health Plan
 of Texas 64512 B- pd
 US: Texas

+ Altius Health Plans 08616 C- pd
 US: Utah

 Atlantis Health Plan 64705 E
 US: New York

- AvMed Inc 64074 C pd
 US: Florida

+ Beacon Health Plans Inc 64113 C- pd
 US: Florida

 Capital Community Health Plan 64613 C- pd
 US: District of Columbia

- Colorado Access 64310 C+ pd
 US: Colorado

- Columbia United Providers Inc 64106 B- pd
 US: Washington

- Community Care Behavioral
 Health 64549 C++ pd
 US: Pennsylvania

 Community Health Plan of
 Washington 64472 B pd
 US: Washington

- Community Health Pln of
 Rockies Inc 64311 C+ pd
 US: Colorado

- Contra Costa Health Plan 64085 C+ pd
 US: California

 Coventry Health Care of the
 Carolinas 68951 NR-3
 US: North Carolina

 Cox Health System HMO 64421 C++ pd
 US: Missouri

- Dean Health Plan Inc 64203 B- pd
 US: Wisconsin

- Delmarva Health Plan Inc 68756 C++ pd
 US: Maryland

 DentiCare Inc 64522 B pd
 US: Texas

 Driscoll Children's Health
 Plan 65419 B- pd
 US: Texas

 ECCA Managed Vision Care Inc 64517 B- pd
 US: Texas

- First Medical Health Plan Inc 64452 C pd
 US:Puerto Rico

 FirstChoice HealthPlans of
 Connecticut 60116 D pd
 US: Connecticut

 Foundation Health a FL Health
 Plan Inc 64102 C pd
 US: Florida

 George Washington University
 Health Plan 68522 NR-3
 US: District Of Columbia

- Harmony Health Plan of
 Illionis Inc 64093 C++ pd
 US: Illinois

+ HCC Life Insurance Company 09081 A+
 US: Indiana

- Health Alliance Plan of
 Michigan 68810 B++ pd
 US: Michigan

- Health Partners of
 Philadelphia Inc 64160 B- pd
 US: Pennsylvania

 HealthEase of Florida Inc 64647 C+ pd
 US: Florida

+ Healthplan Southeast Inc 64108 C- pd
 US: Florida

- HealthPlus of Michigan Inc 68555 B- pd
 US: Michigan

- IHC Health Plans Inc 64078 B pd
 US: Utah

+ Independent Health Association 64343 B- pd
 US: New York

- IU Health Plan Inc 64386 C pd
 US: Indiana

+ John Deere Health Plan Inc 68702 B+ pd
 US: Illinois

+ Kapi'olani Health Hawaii 64432 C++ pd
 US: Hawaii

- M D Individual Practice Association 68606 B pd
 US: Maryland

+ Mayo Health Plan Inc 64609 C+ pd
 US: Florida

 McLaren Health Plan Inc 64616 B- pd
 US: Michigan

- MDNY Healthcare Inc 64291 C+ pd
 US: New York

+ Medica Health Plans 68559 B++ pd
 US: Minnesota

 Medica Health Plans of Wisconsin 64445 B pd
 US: Minnesota

- Mercy Health Plans of Missouri Inc 64419 C++ pd
 US: Missouri

+ Metropolitan Health Plan 68558 B- pd
 US: Minnesota

 National Pacific Dental Inc 68837 B- pd
 US: Texas

+ Neighborhood Health Partnership Inc 64001 B- pd
 US: Florida

+ Neighborhood Health Plans of RI Inc 64293 C++ pd
 US: Rhode Island

- Ochsner Health Plan 68835 C+ pd
 US: Louisiana

 OhioHealth Group HMO Inc 64011 NR-3
 US: Ohio

- OPTIMA Health Plan 68821 C++ pd
 US: Virginia

- Optimum Choice Inc 68764 B pd
 US: Maryland

 Pearle Managed Care - HMO of Texas Inc 64516 B- pd
 US: Texas

+ PHN-HMO Inc 64295 C- pd
 US: Maryland

- PHP Insurance Plan Inc 64123 C+ pd
 US: Wisconsin

- Physicians Healthcare Plans Inc 68979 C++ pd
 US: Florida

+ PreferredOne Community Health Plan 64054 B+ pd
 US: Minnesota

- Public Health Trust of Dade County 60183 C++ pd
 US: Florida

- Rocky Mountain Health Maint Org Inc 64312 B- pd
 US: Colorado

- Security Health Plan of Wisconsin Inc 64207 C++ pd
 US: Wisconsin

 Sentara Health Plans Inc 68940 B pd
 US: Virginia

+ Seton Health Plan Inc 64252 C- pd
 US: Texas

 Sloans Lake Health Plan Inc 64313 NR-3
 US: Colorado

+ Texas Children's Health Plan Inc 64244 C+ pd
 US: Texas

 Texas Universities Health Plan Inc 64463 C++ pd
 US: Texas

- Touchpoint Health Plan Inc 68802 C+ pd
 US: Wisconsin

- University Health Plans Inc 60157 C+ pd
 US: New Jersey

- ValueOptions of Texas Inc 64514 C- pd
 US: Texas

 Vista Healthplan 64066 C- pd
 US: Florida

 Property/Casualty

 Acceptance Insurance Companies 18003 NR-5
 US: Nebraska

- Acceptance Insurance Company 02681 B+
 US: Nebraska

 American Horizon Insurance Company 12274 F
 US: Illinois

- California Insurance Company 02637 A-
 US: California

New CBIA Comp. Services, Inc. 75458 B+
 US: Connecticut

New Citadel General Assurance Company 85726 B++
 Canada: Ontario

 Commercial Indemnity Insurance Company 11381 NR-4
 US: Texas

 Commercial Underwriters Insurance Co 11316 NR-5
 US: California

New Commercial Underwriters Insurance Co 12525 A+
 US: California

- Coregis Group 18246 A-
 US: Indiana

- Coregis Insurance Company 01890 A-
 US: Indiana

 Employers Security Insurance Company 11404 NR-4
 US: Indiana

- First Specialty Insurance Corporation 10783 A
 US: Missouri

- Frontier Pacific Insurance Company 01716 F
 US: California

- General Fidelity Insurance Company 00247 A-
 US: California

New HCC Insurance Holdings Inc 18421 A+
 US: Texas

 Houston Casualty Group 18260 NR-5
 US: Texas

+ Kemper Auto & Home Insurance Company 12212 A+ u
 US: Illinois

+ Kemper Independence Insurance Company 12213 A+ u
 US: Illinois

- Markham General Insurance Company 87772 F
 Canada: Ontario

- Mitsui Marine and Fire Ins Co of Amer 00883 A+
 US: New York

New Newmarket Underwriters Insurance Company 12526 A+
 US: Massachusetts

 Newmarket Underwriters Insurance Company 11990 NR-5
 US: New Hampshire

- NIPPONKOA Insurance Company Ltd USB 03550 A
 Japan

- NIPPONKOA Insurance Company of America 01909 A
 US: New York

 Rock River Insurance Company 00812 NR-5
 US: Wisconsin

 Sompo Japan Fire & Maxine Ins Co of Amer 02693 NR-5
 Japan

- Sumitomo Marine & Fire Ins Co of Amer 04377 A+
 US: New York

New Unique Compagnie d'Assurances Generales 87101 B++
 Canada: Quebec

 Universal Bonding Insurance Company 1771 NR-3
 US: New Jersey

+ Wesco Insurance Company 02468 A+
 US: Delaware

- Westport Insurance 02301 A
 Corporation
 US: Missouri

 International

 Alea Group Holding 86872 NR-3
 Switzerland

- Annuity and Life 86698 A- u
 Reassurance, Ltd
 Bermuda

New Axis Re Ltd 83008 A-
 Ireland

New Axis Specialty 83007 A-
 Europe Limited
 Ireland

New Catlin Insurance 84805 A
 Company Limited
 Bermuda

New Dao Heng Insurance 86939 A-
 Co, Limited
 Hong Kong

New Lloyd's Syndicate 1003 48206 A s
 United Kingdom

New Lloyd's Syndicate 2003 48339 A s
 United Kingdom

- Mitsui Sumitomo 84422 A+
 Insurance Company Ltd
 Japan

 New Hampshire Insurance 87709 NR-5
 Company UKB
 United Kingdom

 New India Assurance 87706 NR-5
 Company Ltd UKB
 United Kingdom

- NIPPONKOA Insurance 84413 A
 Company Ltd
 Japan

 Nissan Fire & Marine 85136 NR-5
 Insurance Co, Ltd
 Japan

- Sompo Japan Insurance 85258 A+
 Company, Limited
 Japan

New Trust International 86326 B+
 Ins Co E.C.
 (Bahrain) Bahrain

- United Insurance Company 85099 A-
 Cayman Islands

Rating Previous
Action Company Name & Domicile Rating

 Life

- Allmerica Financial Life Ins & Ann Co A
 US: Delaware

 Alta Health & Life Insurance Company A
 US: Indiana

- Annuity & Life Reassurance America Inc A u
 US: Connecticut

- Bankers Life and Casualty Company A- u
 US: Illinois

- Conseco Annuity Assurance Company A- u
 Illinois

- Conseco Direct Life Insurance Company A- u
 US: Pennsylvania

- Conseco Health Insurance Company A- u
 Arizona

- Conseco Life Insurance Co of NY A- u
 US: New York

- Conseco Life Insurance Company A- u
 Indiana

- Conseco Medical Insurance Company A- u
 US: Illinois

- Conseco Senior Health Insurance Company A- u
 US: Pennsylvania

- First Allmerica Financial Life Ins Co A
 US: Massachusetts

- First Central National Life Ins Co of NY A
 US: New York

New First Columbine Life Insurance Company NR-3
 US: Colorado

 First Golden American Life Ins Co of NY A+
 US: New York

+ Household Life Insurance Company A
 US: Michigan

- Life Insurance Company of Georgia A+
 US: Georgia

 London Pacific Life & Annuity Company B u
 US: North Carolina

 London Pacific Life & Annuity Company C++
 US: North Carolina

 London Pacific Life & Annuity NR-4
 Company
 US: North Carolina

 Loyal Christian Benefit Association B+
 US: Pennsylvania

 Midland Life Insurance Company A
 US: Ohio

- Pioneer Life Insurance Company A
 US: Illinois

New Primerica Life Insurance A- u
 Company
 Canada: Ontario

- Washington National Insurance A- u
 Company of CN
 US: Illinois

 Health Care

 AECC Total Vision Health Plan
 of Texas NR-5
 US: Texas

+ Altius Health Plans D pd
 US: Utah

 Atlantis Health Plan NR-5
 US: New York

- AvMed Inc C++ pd
 US: Florida

+ Beacon Health Plans Inc D pd
 US: Florida

 Capital Community Health Plan D pd
 US: District of Columbia

- Colorado Access C++ pd
 US: Colorado

- Columbia United Providers Inc B pd
 US: Washington

- Community Care Behavioral
 Health B pd
 US: Pennsylvania

 Community Health Plan of
 Washington NR-5
 US: Washington

- Community Health Pln of
 Rockies Inc C++ pd
 US: Colorado

- Contra Costa Health Plan C++ pd
 US: California

 Coventry Health Care of the
 Carolinas B- pd
 US: North Carolina

 Cox Health System HMO NR-5
 US: Missouri

- Dean Health Plan Inc B pd
 US: Wisconsin

- Delmarva Health Plan Inc B- pd
 US: Maryland

 DentiCare Inc NR-2
 US: Texas

 Driscoll Children's Health
 Plan NR-5
 US: Texas

 ECCA Managed Vision Care Inc NR-5
 US: Texas

- First Medical Health Plan Inc C+ pd
 US:Puerto Rico

 FirstChoice HealthPlans of
 Connecticut NR-5
 US: Connecticut

 Foundation Health a FL Health
 Plan Inc NR-3
 US: Florida

 George Washington University
 Health Plan B pd
 US: District Of Columbia

- Harmony Health Plan of
 Illionis Inc B- pd
 US: Illinois

+ HCC Life Insurance Company A
 US: Indiana

- Health Alliance Plan of
 Michigan A- pd
 US: Michigan

- Health Partners of
 Philadelphia Inc B pd
 US: Pennsylvania

 HealthEase of Florida Inc NR-5
 US: Florida

+ Healthplan Southeast Inc D pd
 US: Florida

- HealthPlus of Michigan Inc B pd
 US: Michigan

- IHC Health Plans Inc B+ pd
 US: Utah

+ Independent Health Association C++ pd
 US: New York

- IU Health Plan Inc B- pd
 US: Indiana

+ John Deere Health Plan Inc B pd
 US: Illinois

+ Kapi'olani Health Hawaii C+ pd
 US: Hawaii

- M D Individual Practice Association B+ pd
 US: Maryland

+ Mayo Health Plan Inc C pd
 US: Florida

 McLaren Health Plan Inc NR-5
 US: Michigan

- MDNY Healthcare Inc C++ pd
 US: New York

+ Medica Health Plans B+ pd
 US: Minnesota

 Medica Health Plans of Wisconsin NR-2
 US: Minnesota

- Mercy Health Plans of Missouri Inc B- pd
 US: Missouri

+ Metropolitan Health Plan C++ pd
 US: Minnesota

 National Pacific Dental Inc NR-5
 US: Texas

+ Neighborhood Health Partnership Inc C++ pd
 US: Florida

+ Neighborhood Health Plans of RI Inc C+ pd
 US: Rhode Island

- Ochsner Health Plan C++ pd
 US: Louisiana

 OhioHealth Group HMO Inc C+ pd
 US: Ohio

- OPTIMA Health Plan B- pd
 US: Virginia

- Optimum Choice Inc B+ pd
 US: Maryland

 Pearle Managed Care - HMO of Texas Inc NR-5
 US: Texas

+ PHN-HMO Inc D pd
 US: Maryland

- PHP Insurance Plan Inc C++ pd
 US: Wisconsin

- Physicians Healthcare Plans Inc B- pd
 US: Florida

+ PreferredOne Community Health Plan B pd
 US: Minnesota

- Public Health Trust of Dade County B- pd
 US: Florida

- Rocky Mountain Health Maint Org Inc B pd
 US: Colorado

- Security Health Plan of Wisconsin Inc B- pd
 US: Wisconsin

 Sentara Health Plans Inc NR-5
 US: Virginia

+ Seton Health Plan Inc D pd
 US: Texas

 Sloans Lake Health Plan Inc B- pd
 US: Colorado

+ Texas Children's Health Plan Inc C pd
 US: Texas

 Texas Universities Health Plan Inc NR-5
 US: Texas

- Touchpoint Health Plan Inc B- pd
 US: Wisconsin

- University Health Plans Inc C++ pd
 US: New Jersey

- ValueOptions of Texas Inc C pd
 US: Texas

 Vista Healthplan NR-3
 US: Florida

 Property/Casualty

 Acceptance Insurance Companies B++
 US: Nebraska

- Acceptance Insurance Company B++
 US: Nebraska

 American Horizon Insurance Company NR-3
 US: Illinois

- California Insurance Company A
 US: California

New CBIA Comp. Services, Inc.
 US: Connecticut

New Citadel General Assurance Company B+ q
 Canada: Ontario

 Commercial Indemnity Insurance Company C++
 US: Texas

 Commercial Underwriters Insurance Co A++ u
 US: California

New Commercial Underwriters Insurance Co
 US: California

- Coregis Group A
 US: Indiana

- Coregis Insurance Company A
 US: Indiana

 Employers Security Insurance Company D
 US: Indiana

- First Specialty Insurance Corporation A++
 US: Missouri

- Frontier Pacific Insurance Company E
 US: California

- General Fidelity Insurance Company A
 US: California

New HCC Insurance Holdings Inc
 US: Texas

 Houston Casualty Group A+
 US: Texas

+ Kemper Auto & Home Insurance Company A- u
 US: Illinois

+ Kemper Independence Insurance Company A- u
 US: Illinois

- Markham General Insurance Company E
 Canada: Ontario

- Mitsui Marine and Fire Ins Co of Amer A++
 US: New York

New Newmarket Underwriters Insurance Company
 US: Massachusetts

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

- NIPPONKOA Insurance Company Ltd USB A+
 Japan

- NIPPONKOA Insurance Company of America A+
 US: New York

 Rock River Insurance Company A+ u
 US: Wisconsin

 Sompo Japan Fire & Maxine Ins Co of Amer A u
 Japan

- Sumitomo Marine & Fire Ins Co of Amer A++
 US: New York

New Unique Compagnie d'Assurances Generales B+ q
 Canada: Quebec

 Universal Bonding Insurance Company A-
 US: New Jersey

+ Wesco Insurance Company A
 US: Delaware

- Westport Insurance A++
 Corporation
 US: Missouri

 International

 Alea Group Holding A-
 Switzerland

- Annuity and Life A u
 Reassurance, Ltd
 Bermuda

New Axis Re Ltd
 Ireland

New Axis Specialty
 Europe Limited
 Ireland

New Catlin Insurance
 Company Limited
 Bermuda

New Dao Heng Insurance
 Co, Limited
 Hong Kong

New Lloyd's Syndicate 1003
 United Kingdom

New Lloyd's Syndicate 2003
 United Kingdom

- Mitsui Sumitomo A++
 Insurance Company Ltd
 Japan

 New Hampshire Insurance A++
 Company UKB
 United Kingdom

 New India Assurance A
 Company Ltd UKB
 United Kingdom

- NIPPONKOA Insurance A+
 Company Ltd
 Japan

 Nissan Fire & Marine A u
 Insurance Co, Ltd
 Japan

- Sompo Japan Insurance A++
 Company, Limited
 Japan

New Trust International NR-5
 Ins Co E.C.
 (Bahrain) Bahrain

- United Insurance Company A
 Cayman Islands
Ratings Under Review

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

Life

U Conseco Variable 06475 B++ u B++ u
 Insurance Company
 US: Texas

Health Care

U Lovelace Health Systems 68562 A u A
 US: New Mexico

Property/Casualty

U State Farm General 02478 B+ u B+
 Insurance Company
 US: Illinois

U State Farm Lloyds 01767 B+ u B+
 US: Texas

Rating Action: (+) or (-) Rating upgraded or downgraded; (NEW) Assigned
initial rating; (u) Rating placed under review


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 Operating Experience
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