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Best's Rating Changes. (Ratings).

This 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 January 2003 edition of Best's Review.

Best's Rating Changes is an abbreviated version of Best's Rating Monitor, which is published in BestWeek, our weekly insurance industry newsletter. See page 17 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

Life

Rating Current
Action Company Name & Domicile AMB# Rating

 Atlantic Coast Life Insurance 06132 NR-5
 Company
 US: South Carolina

 Clarica Life Insurance Company 06750 NR-5
 Canada: Ontario

 Gulf Guaranty Life Insurance 08081 NR-4
 Company
 US: Mississippi

 INRECO International 08384 NR-5
 Reinsurance Company
 US: Louisiana

-- North Coast Life Insurance 06837 C++
 Company
 US: Washington

-- Union Central Life Insurance 07150 A-
 Company
 US: Ohio

Rating Previous
Action Company Name & Domicile Rating

 Atlantic Coast Life Insurance B
 Company
 US: South Carolina

 Clarica Life Insurance Company A++
 Canada: Ontario

 Gulf Guaranty Life Insurance B+
 Company
 US: Mississippi

 INRECO International A-
 Reinsurance Company
 US: Louisiana

-- North Coast Life Insurance B-
 Company
 US: Washington

-- Union Central Life Insurance A
 Company
 US: Ohio

Health Care

Rating Current
Action Company Name & Domicile AMB# Rating

-- AmCare Health Plans of 64090 F
 Louisiana Inc
 US: Louisiana

 Blue Advantage HMO Program 60144 NR-5
 US: Illinois

New Christiana Care Health Plans 64156 B++
 Inc
 US: Delaware

-- Community Health Pin of 84311 E
 Rockies Inc
 US: Colorado

-- Delta Dental Insurance Company 09147 A-
 US: Delaware

-- Delta Dental of Delaware 64642 B+
 US: Delaware

-- Delta Dental of District of 64672 B+
 Columbia
 US: Dist. Of Columbia

-- Delta Dental of New York 64594 B+
 US: New York

-- Delta Dental of West Virginia 64643 B+
 US: West Virginia

-- Delta Dental Plan of 68800 A-
 California
 US: California

New Delta Dental Plan of Tennessee 64670 A-
 US: Tennessee

New Health Alliance Medical Plans 68039 B+
 US: Illinois

New Health Alliance Medical Plans 68984 B+
 Inc (HMO)
 US: Illinois

New Health Alliance-Midwest Inc 64392 B+
 US: Illinois

 Mid America Health Care Plans 68966 NR-5
 US: Missouri

-- Pennsylvania Dental Service 64557 B+
 Corporation
 US: Pennsylvania

-- Private Medical-Care Inc 68640 A-
 US: California

-- Renaissance Health Plan 64200 F
 US: Ohio

New United Concordia Companies Inc 50692 A-
 US: Pennsylvania

Rating Previous
Action Company Name & Domicile Rating

-- AmCare Health Plans of E
 Louisiana Inc
 US: Louisiana

 Blue Advantage HMO Program A
 US: Illinois

New Christiana Care Health Plans C+ pd
 Inc
 US: Delaware

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

-- Delta Dental Insurance Company A
 US: Delaware

-- Delta Dental of Delaware A-
 US: Delaware

-- Delta Dental of District of A-
 Columbia
 US: Dist. Of Columbia

-- Delta Dental of New York A-
 US: New York

-- Delta Dental of West Virginia A-
 US: West Virginia

-- Delta Dental Plan of A
 California
 US: California

New Delta Dental Plan of Tennessee NR-5
 US: Tennessee

New Health Alliance Medical Plans NR-2
 US: Illinois

New Health Alliance Medical Plans NR-3
 Inc (HMO)
 US: Illinois

New Health Alliance-Midwest Inc NR-2
 US: Illinois

 Mid America Health Care Plans C++ pd
 US: Missouri

-- Pennsylvania Dental Service A-
 Corporation
 US: Pennsylvania

-- Private Medical-Care Inc A
 US: California

-- Renaissance Health Plan E
 US: Ohio

New United Concordia Companies Inc NR-2
 US: Pennsylvania

Property/Casualty

Rating Current
Action Company Name & Domicile AMB# Rating

-- American Alternative Insurance 11574 A+
 Corp
 US: Delaware

-- American Manufacturers Mutual 02273 B+ u
 Ins Co
 US: Illinois

-- American Motorists Insurance 02274 B+ u
 Company
 US: Illinois

-- American Protection Insurance 02275 B+ u
 Company
 US: Illinois

-- American Re Corporation Group 18259 A+
 US: Delaware

-- American Re-Insurance Company 00149 A+
 US: Delaware

+ AmGUARD Insurance Company 00293 A-
 US: Pennsylvania

New Arch Excess & Surplus 12254 A-
 Insurance Company
 US: Nebraska

New Beacon Lloyds Insurance 12542 B-
 Company
 US: Texas

 Berkshire Mutual Insurance 00212 NR-3
 Company
 US: Massachusetts

New Bunker Hill Insurance Company 11959 B+
 US: Massachusetts

New California Earthquake 12534 A-
 Authority
 US: California

 CGU Insurance Company of 85748 NR-4
 Canada
 Canada: Ontario

-- Constitution Insurance Company 11980 B-
 US: New York

 Continental National 10602 NR-3
 Indemnity Company
 US: Ohio

-- Cotton States Group 00300 B+
 US: Georgia

-- Cotton States Mutual Insurance 00299 B+
 Company
 US: Georgia

+ Countryway Insurance Company 03206 B++
 US: New York

-- Eagle Pacific Insurance Company 03803 B+ u
 US: Washington

+ EastGUARD Insurance Company 00665 A-
 US: Pennsylvania

 Elite Insurance Company 85742 NR-4
 Canada: Ontario

New Endurance Reinsurance Corp of America 12559 A-
 US: New York

New Farmers Mut Fire Ins Co McCandless Twsp 04766 B+
 US: Pennsylvania

 First State Insurance Company 02187 NR-3
 US: Connecticut

 First State Pool 05663 NR-5
 US: Connecticut

 GAINSCO County Mutual Insurance Company 11331 NR-5
 US: Texas

- Gerling Global Reins Corp of America 03046 B-
 US: New York

- GreatLand Insurance Company 12330 B+ u
 US: New Jersey

+ Guarantee Co of North America USA 11014 A-
 US: Pennsylvania

+ GUARD Insurance Group 18331 A-
 US: Pennsylvania

New HCC Specialty Insurance Company 12531 A+
 US: Oklahoma

 International Insurance Company 02134 NR-5
 US: Illinois

 Kansas Medical Mutual Insurance Company 11382 NR-4
 US: Kansas

- Kemper Casualty Insurance Company 12301 B+ u
 US: Illinois

 Kemper Employers Insurance Company 11755 B+ u
 US: Illinois

- Kemper Indemnity Insurance Company 12183 B+ u
 US: Illinois

- Kemper Insurance Companies 04427 B+ u
 US: Illinois

- Kemper Lloyds Insurance Company 01759 B+ u
 US: Texas

- Kemper Surplus Lines Insurance Company 12229 B+
 US: Illinois

New LEMIC Insurance Company 12153 B+
 US: Louisiana

- Lumbermens Mutual Casualty Company 02279 B+ u
 US: Illinois

- Marysville Mutual Insurance Company 00578 B
 US: Kansas

+ Nevada General Insurance Company 11692 A
 US: Nevada

 New England Insurance Company 01907 NR-3
 US: Connecticut

 New England Reinsurance Corporation 02188 NR-3
 US: Connecticut

+ NorGUARD Insurance Company 10643 A-
 US: Pennsylvania

- Northwest G F Mutual Insurance Company 00717 C++
 US: South Dakota

- Pacific Eagle Insurance Company 10627 B+ u
 US: California

 Pilot Insurance Company 85779 NR-4
 Canada: Ontario

- Princeton Excess & Surplus Lines Ins Co 12170 A+
 US: Delaware

- RidgeLand Insurance Company 12331 B+ u
 US: Ohio

 Scottish & York Insurance Company Ltd 85788 NR-4
 Canada: Ontario

- Specialty National Insurance Company 12349 B+ u
 US: Illinois

- Specialty Surplus Insurance Company 12349 B+ u
 US: Illinois

New Traders & General Insurance Company 02501 A
 US: Texas

New Traders & Pacific Insurance Company 01725 A
 US: Delaware

 Traders General Insurance Company 85795 NR-4
 Canada: Ontario

Rating Previous
Action Company Name & Domicile Rating

-- American Alternative Insurance A++
 Corp
 US: Delaware

-- American Manufacturers Mutual A-
 Ins Co
 US: Illinois

-- American Motorists Insurance A-
 Company
 US: Illinois

-- American Protection Insurance A-
 Company
 US: Illinois

-- American Re Corporation Group A++
 US: Delaware

-- American Re-Insurance Company A++
 US: Delaware

+ AmGUARD Insurance Company B++
 US: Pennsylvania

New Arch Excess & Surplus NR-2
 Insurance Company
 US: Nebraska

New Beacon Lloyds Insurance
 Company
 US: Texas

 Berkshire Mutual Insurance B-
 Company
 US: Massachusetts

New Bunker Hill Insurance Company NR-2
 US: Massachusetts

New California Earthquake
 Authority
 US: California

 CGU Insurance Company of A
 Canada
 Canada: Ontario

-- Constitution Insurance Company B+ u
 US: New York

 Continental National B+
 Indemnity Company
 US: Ohio

-- Cotton States Group B++
 US: Georgia

-- Cotton States Mutual Insurance B++
 Company
 US: Georgia

+ Countryway Insurance Company B+
 US: New York

-- Eagle Pacific Insurance Company A-
 US: Washington

+ EastGUARD Insurance Company B++
 US: Pennsylvania

 Elite Insurance Company A
 Canada: Ontario

New Endurance Reinsurance Corp of America
 US: New York

New Farmers Mut Fire Ins Co McCandless Twsp NR-2
 US: Pennsylvania

 First State Insurance Company B+
 US: Connecticut

 First State Pool B+
 US: Connecticut

 GAINSCO County Mutual Insurance Company B-
 US: Texas

- Gerling Global Reins Corp of America B+ u
 US: New York

- GreatLand Insurance Company A-
 US: New Jersey

+ Guarantee Co of North America USA B+
 US: Pennsylvania

+ GUARD Insurance Group B++
 US: Pennsylvania

New HCC Specialty Insurance Company
 US: Oklahoma

 International Insurance Company B++
 US: Illinois

 Kansas Medical Mutual Insurance Company B-
 US: Kansas

- Kemper Casualty Insurance Company A-
 US: Illinois

 Kemper Employers Insurance Company A-
 US: Illinois

- Kemper Indemnity Insurance Company A-
 US: Illinois

- Kemper Insurance Companies A-
 US: Illinois

- Kemper Lloyds Insurance Company A-
 US: Texas

- Kemper Surplus Lines Insurance Company A-
 US: Illinois

New LEMIC Insurance Company NR-1
 US: Louisiana

- Lumbermens Mutual Casualty Company A-
 US: Illinois

- Marysville Mutual Insurance Company B++
 US: Kansas

+ Nevada General Insurance Company A-
 US: Nevada

 New England Insurance Company B+
 US: Connecticut

 New England Reinsurance Corporation B+
 US: Connecticut

+ NorGUARD Insurance Company B++
 US: Pennsylvania

- Northwest G F Mutual Insurance Company B-
 US: South Dakota

- Pacific Eagle Insurance Company A-
 US: California

 Pilot Insurance Company A
 Canada: Ontario

- Princeton Excess & Surplus Lines Ins Co A++
 US: Delaware

- RidgeLand Insurance Company A-
 US: Ohio

 Scottish & York Insurance Company Ltd A-
 Canada: Ontario

- Specialty National Insurance Company A-
 US: Illinois

- Specialty Surplus Insurance Company A-
 US: Illinois

New Traders & General Insurance Company NR-3
 US: Texas

New Traders & Pacific Insurance Company NR-3
 US: Delaware

 Traders General Insurance Company A-
 Canada: Ontario

International

Rating Current
Action Company Name & Domicile AMB# Rating

 Allianz Aktiengesellschaft 85449 NR-5
 Germany

 Allianz Elementar Group 88162 NR-5
 Austria

 Allianz Germany Prop / Cas Group 88163 NR-5
 Germany

 Allianz Subalpina S.p.A 85624 NR-5
 Italy

New Aspen Insurance Limited 83210 A-
 Bermuda

 AXA Sun Life plc 87249 B++ pd
 United Kingdom

 CX Reinsurance Company Limited 85249 NR-3
 United Kingdom

New Endurance Worldwide Insurance Limited 83234 A-
 United Kingdom

 Forsikringsaktieseskabet Kab Internat 87125 NR-4
 Denmark

New Fund American Reins Company, Ltd 83294 A-
 Bermuda

 Gerling-Konzern Allgemeine Group 88148 NR-5
 Germany

New INRECO International Reinsurance Company 75491 A-
 Cayman Islands

New Jupiter Insurance Ltd 57796 A+
 Guernsey

New Lloyd's Syndicate 2623 48946 A s
 United Kingdom

New Lloyd's Syndicate 570 48000 A- s
 United Kingdom

New Lloyd's Syndicate 609 48019 As
 United Kingdom

New Skandia Insurance Company Ltd (publ.) 85180 A-
 Sweden

- St. James's Place UK plc 87410 B++ p
 United Kingdom

- Steamship Mutual U/W Assoc (Bermuda) 87133 A-
 Bermuda

- Swiss Life (UK) Plc 87619 B+ pd
 United Kingdom

 Tate & Lyle Reinsurance Limited 86556 NR-4
 Bermuda

 Trenwick International Limited 86512 NR-3
 United Kingdom

 Victoria Reinsurance Company Ltd 57141 NR-4
 Barbados

- Windsor Life Assurance Company Limited 85400 B pd
 United Kingdom

Rating Previous
Action Company Name & Domicile Rating

 Allianz Aktiengesellschaft A++
 Germany

 Allianz Elementar Group A++
 Austria

 Allianz Germany Prop / Cas Group A++
 Germany

 Allianz Subalpina S.p.A A-
 Italy

New Aspen Insurance Limited
 Bermuda

 AXA Sun Life plc NR-5
 United Kingdom

 CX Reinsurance Company Limited B+ u
 United Kingdom

New Endurance Worldwide Insurance Limited
 United Kingdom

 Forsikringsaktieseskabet Kab Internat A-
 Denmark

New Fund American Reins Company, Ltd
 Bermuda

 Gerling-Konzern Allgemeine Group A-
 Germany

New INRECO International Reinsurance Company
 Cayman Islands

New Jupiter Insurance Ltd
 Guernsey

New Lloyd's Syndicate 2623
 United Kingdom

New Lloyd's Syndicate 570
 United Kingdom

New Lloyd's Syndicate 609
 United Kingdom

New Skandia Insurance Company Ltd (publ.) NR-5
 Sweden

- St. James's Place UK plc A- pd
 United Kingdom

- Steamship Mutual U/W Assoc (Bermuda) A
 Bermuda

- Swiss Life (UK) Plc B++ pd
 United Kingdom

 Tate & Lyle Reinsurance Limited A-
 Bermuda

 Trenwick International Limited B- u
 United Kingdom

 Victoria Reinsurance Company Ltd A
 Barbados

- Windsor Life Assurance Company Limited B+ pd
 United Kingdom

Life

Rating Current
Action Company Name & Domicile AMB# Rating

U American Skandia Life 08715 A- u
 Assurance Corp
 US: Connecticut

U Manufacturers Life Ins 06681 A++ u
 Co (U.S.A.)
 US: Michigan

U Manufacturers Life Ins 60056 A++ u
 Co of NY
 US: New York

U Manufacturers Life Insurance 06688 A++ u
 Company
 Canada: Ontario

U Transamerica Life Canada 66805 A+ u
 Canada: Ontario

Rating Previous
Action Company Name & Domicile Rating

U American Skandia Life A- u
 Assurance Corp
 US: Connecticut

U Manufacturers Life Ins A++
 Co (U.S.A.)
 US: Michigan

U Manufacturers Life Ins A++
 Co of NY
 US: New York

U Manufacturers Life Insurance A++
 Company
 Canada: Ontario

U Transamerica Life Canada A+
 Canada: Ontario

Property/Casualty

Rating Current
Action Company Name & Domicile AMB# Rating

U Commonwealth Insurance Co 11766 A- u
 of America
 US: Washington

U Commonwealth Insurance 85730 A- u
 Company
 Canada: British Columbia

U Fairmont Insurance Company 04293 B++ u
 US: California

U Ranger Insurance Company 03118 B++ u
 US: Delaware

U Ranger Insurance Group 18309 B++ u
 US: Delaware

U Ranger Lloyds 03364 B++ u
 US: Texas

U TIG American Specialty 01904 B++ u
 Insurance Company
 US: Texas

U TIG Indemnity Company 02512 B++ u
 US: California

U TIG Insurance Company 02507 B++ u
 US: California

U TIG Insurance Company of 03760 B++ u
 Colorado
 US: Colorado

U TIG Insurance Company of 02508 B++ u
 Michigan
 US: Michigan

U TIG Insurance Company of 02511 B++ u
 New York
 US: New York

U TIG Insurance Company of 02510 B++ u
 Texas
 US: Texas

U TIG Insurance Corporation 02505 B++ u
 of America
 US: Michigan

U TIG Insurance Group 00090 B++ u
 US: Texas

U TIG Lloyds Insurance 02863 B++ u
 Company
 US: Texas

U TIG Premier Insurance 02504 B++ u
 Company
 US: California

U TIG Specialty Insurance 02502 B++ u
 Company
 US: California

Rating Previous
Action Company Name & Domicile Rating

U Commonwealth Insurance Co A-
 of America
 US: Washington

U Commonwealth Insurance A-
 Company
 Canada: British Columbia

U Fairmont Insurance Company B++
 US: California

U Ranger Insurance Company B++
 US: Delaware

U Ranger Insurance Group B++
 US: Delaware

U Ranger Lloyds B++
 US: Texas

U TIG American Specialty B++
 Insurance Company
 US: Texas

U TIG Indemnity Company B++
 US: California

U TIG Insurance Company B++
 US: California

U TIG Insurance Company of B++
 Colorado
 US: Colorado

U TIG Insurance Company of B++
 Michigan
 US: Michigan

U TIG Insurance Company of B++
 New York
 US: New York

U TIG Insurance Company of B++
 Texas
 US: Texas

U TIG Insurance Corporation B++
 of America
 US: Michigan

U TIG Insurance Group B++
 US: Texas

U TIG Lloyds Insurance B++
 Company
 US: Texas

U TIG Premier Insurance B++
 Company
 US: California

U TIG Specialty Insurance B++
 Company
 US: California

International

Rating Current
Action Company Name & Domicile AMB# Rating

U AGF Group 85129 A++ u

U BRIT Insurance Limited 86954 A- u
 United Kingdom

Rating Previous
Action Company Name & Domicile Rating

U AGF Group A++

U BRIT Insurance Limited A-
 United Kingdom

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(New) Assigned initial rating

(u) Rating placed under review


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