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Best's Rating Changes.

This summary of Best's Rating Changes lists life/health, property/casualty and international insurers, as well as health maintenance organizations, that had ratings assigned, changed or placed under review since this section last appeared in the December 2000 edition of Best's Review.

Best's Rating Changes is an abbreviated version of Best's Rating Monitor. Previously a stand-alone publication, Best's Rating Monitor is now a featured section in BestWeek, A.M. Best Co.'s weekly news report.

Best's Rating Monitor contains a compilation of all recent rating releases plus supporting rationales for the industry's largest insurance groups and for insurers whose ratings were changed or placed under review.

For comprehensive ratings and company information, free of charge, visit www.ambest.com/ratings/access.html. For more information on how to obtain A.M. Best Co. products and publications, including Best's Ratings and Best's Company Reports for individual companies, see page 127. See page 22 for the Current Guide to Best's Ratings and the August 2000 edition of Best's Review for the Detailed Rating Definitions page.
Rating Current Effective
Action Company AMB# Rating Date
LIFE/HEALTH
+ American Memorial Life Ins Co SD 06942 A- 11/02/00
New Anthem Health Plans of Maine 64391 A- 10/27/00
+ Brokers National Life Assur AR 06023 B 10/24/00
+ Dennis Life Ins Co AZ 08982 B++r 10/17/00
U Farm Family Life Ins Co NY 06365 A u 11/01/00
New Liberty Union Life Assurance MI 06799 B 10/20/00
+ National Benefit Life Ins Co NY 06163 A++g 11/03/00
+ Primerica Life Ins Co MA 06693 A++g 11/03/00
+ Travelers Insurance Co CT 07330 A++g 11/03/00
+ Travelers Life and Annuity CT 08429 A++g 11/03/00
New US Health and Life Ins Co MI 09184 FPR 5 11/13/00
HMO
+ AmCare Health Plans of LA 64090 C++q 10/27/00
+ Americaid Texas, Inc TX 64238 C++q 10/27/00
New Community Health Plan (CA) CA 68680 C++q 10/27/00
+ Coventry Health Care of GA Inc GA 68980 B+ q 10/27/00
- Coventry Health Care of Iowa IA 68541 B+ q 10/27/00
- Coventry Health Care of LA 68689 C++q 10/27/00
- Coventry Health Care of NE 68544 B- q 10/27/00
- Family Health Plan Cooperative WI 68664 F 10/19/00
- Group Health Coop Puget Sound WA 64044 B q 10/27/00
- Group Health Plan, Inc MO 68534 C++q 10/27/00
- Health New England, Inc MA 68553 C+ q 10/27/00
- HealthAmerica Pennsylvania PA 68590 B- q 10/27/00
New HMO Maine ME 64175 A- 10/27/00
- Kaiser Fdn Health Mid-Atlantic MD 68551 B+ q 10/27/00
New Maine Partners Health Plan ME 64394 B++ 10/27/00
New Nationwide Health Plans, Inc OH 68799 C+ q 10/27/00
- Southern Health Services VA 68607 B- q 10/27/00
- Vermont Health Plan, LLC VT 64124 B- q 10/27/00
PROPERTY/CASUALTY
+ Allstate New Jersey Insurance IL 12106 A- 11/08/00
+ American Contractors Indem Co CA 11019 B++ 10/19/00
New Apollo Casualty Company IL 11809 C++ 11/06/00
+ Auto Ins Co of Hartford CT 04046 A++p 11/03/00
- California State Auto Assn IIB CA 00228 A 10/19/00
+ Charter Oak Fire Ins Co CT 02516 A++p 11/03/00
+ Chicago Motor Club Ins Co IL 00254 A- 10/23/00
New Commonwealth Mutual Ins Co MA 11786 A- g 11/13/00
New Commonwealth Reinsurance Co MA 11787 A- r 11/13/00
New Covenant Insurance Company CT 11706 A- r 11/13/00
- Credit General Indemnity Co OH 11341 E 11/07/00
- Credit General Insurance Co OH 03180 E 11/07/00
U Farm Family Casualty Ins Co NY 00362 A gu 11/01/00
U Farm Family Insurance Cos NY 18024 A u 11/01/00
- Farmers & Mechanics Mut of WV 00725 B++ 10/30/00
+ Farmington Casualty Co CT 01744 A++p 11/03/00
- Forest Products Ins Exchange MN 00808 E 11/02/00
+ Health Care Insurance Co NJ 03671 B++g 11/01/00
U Insurance Company of Ohio OH 01711 A Pu 10/25/00
U Lumber Insurance Companies MA 05685 E 11/02/00
- Lumber Mutual Insurance Co MA 00562 E 11/02/00
U Meridian Citizens Mutual Ins MN 00268 A pu 10/25/00
U Meridian Citizens Secur Ins Co MN 00507 A pu 10/25/00
U Meridian Mutual Insurance Co IN 00596 A pu 10/25/00
U Meridian Mutual Insurance Grp IN 18373 A u 10/25/00
U Meridian Security Ins Co IN 03333 A pu 10/25/00
Rating Prior
Action Rating
LIFE/HEALTH
+ B++U
New NR-5
+ B-
+ B+
U A
New FPR4
+ A+ g
+ A+ g
+ A+ g
+ A+ g
New NR-3
HMO
+ C+ q
+ C+ q
New NR-5
+ B q
- B++q
- B q
- B q
- B- q
- B+ q
- B- q
- B- q
- B q
New NR-5
- B++q
New NR-2
New NR-5
- B q
- B q
PROPERTY/CASUALTY
+ B++
+ B+
New NR-2
+ A+ p
- A+
+ A+ p
+ B+
New NR-2
New NR-2
New NR-2
- C ru
- C gu
U A g
U A
- A-
+ A+ p
- B r
+ B+ gu
U A p
U B
- B g
U A p
U A p
U A p
U A
U A p
+ Mt Washington Assurance Corp NH 11143 A- r 10/31/00 B-
- National American Ins Co (OK) 00672 B+ 11/03/00 A-
- North American Lumber Ins Co MA 01792 E 11/02/00 B r
- Petrosurance Casualty Company 0K 03662 B 10/20/00 B+
+ Phoenix Insurance Co CT 02518 A++P 11/03/00 A+ p
New Plymouth Rock Assurance Grp MA 18527 A- 10/31/00 NR-5
- PMA Capital Insurance Co PA 02707 A g 11/03/00 A+
New PMA Capital Insurance Grp PA 18436 A 11/03/00 NR-5
+ Princeton Insurance Companies NJ 05650 B++ 11/01/00 B+ u
- SEACO Insurance Co MA 02071 E 11/02/00 B r
+ Standard Fire Insurance Co CT 02002 A++p 11/03/00 A+ p
New State Auto Insurance Company OH 12383 A+ p 10/25/00 NR-5
New Strathmore Ins Co NY 12384 A+ p 11/02/00 NR-5
+ TravCo Insurance Company CT 11300 A++p 11/03/00 A+ p
+ Travelers Casualty & Surety Co CT 02001 A++p 11/03/00 A+ p
+ Travelers Cas & Surety of Amer CT 03609 A++g 11/03/00 A+
+ Travelers Cas & Surety Co IL 04465 A++p 11/03/00 A+ p
+ Travelers Casualty Co of CT 11024 A++p 11/03/00 A+ p
+ Travelers Commercial Ins CT 11025 A++p 11/03/00 A+ p
+ Travelers Excess & Surp Lines CT 00241 A++p 11/03/00 A+ p
+ Travelers Home and Marine CT 11302 A++p 11/03/00 A+ p
+ Travelers Indemnity Company CT 02520 A++p 11/03/00 A+ p
+ Travelers Indem Co of Amer CT 04003 A++p 11/03/00 A+ p
+ Travelers Indemnity Co of CT 02517 A++p 11/03/00 A+ p
+ Travelers Indemnity Co of IL 04461 A++p 11/03/00 A+ p
+ Travelers Indem Co of MO 11767 A++p 11/03/00 A+ p
+ Travelers Insurance Company CT 02521 A++r 11/03/00 A+ r
+ Travelers Lloyds Ins Co TX 03297 A++r 11/03/00 A+ r
+ Travelers Lloyds of Texas Ins TX 01743 A++r 11/03/00 A+ r
+ Travelers Personal Security CT 11026 A++p 11/03/00 A+ p
+ Travelers Prop Cas Ins Co CT 11027 A++p 11/03/00 A+ p
+ Travelers Prop Cas Ins Co IL 11020 A++p 11/03/00 A+ p
+ Travelers PC Pool CT 18311 A++ 11/03/00 A+
U United Farm Family Ins Co NY 10701 A gu 11/01/00 A g
 INTERNATIONAL
Rating Current
Action Company AMB# Country Rating
New Alliance Intl Reinsurance Co 87961 Cyprus B++
- AXA Insurance plc 85203 United Kingdom B++q
New CGU International Insurance 86250 United Kingdom A- q
- CGU Underwriting Limited 87290 United Kingdom B+ q
New Co-operative Ins Society Ltd 87283 United Kingdom A- q
- Drake Insurance Plc 87322 United Kingdom F
New Everest Reinsurance Bermuda 87869 Bermuda A+ g
New First Australian Title Co Pty 84054 Australia A+ r
New First Canadian Title Co Ltd 84053 Canada A+ r
U Harrington Internatl Ins Ltd 86498 Bermuda A u
+ J Rothschild Assurance plc 87410 United Kingdom A- q
+ Lawyers Professional Indemn Co 87058 Canada A
- Legal & Gen Assur Pensions Mgmt Ltd 87422 United Kingdom B++q
+ Legal & General Ins Ltd 87423 United Kingdom A q
- Liberty Mut Ins Co (UK) Ltd 87425 United Kingdom A- q
+ Lloyds TSB General Insurance 87642 United Kingdom A q
New Lloyds TSB Life Assur Co Ltd 87234 United Kingdom A- q
+ London Aberdeen & Northern Mut 87437 United Kingdom B+ q
New London Life Limited 87440 United Kingdom B+ q
+ London Life Linked Assur Ltd 87439 United Kingdom B+ q
+ M&G Life Assurance Co Ltd 87444 United Kingdom B++q
+ M&G Pensions & Annuity Co Ltd 87445 United Kingdom B+ q
+ Merchant Investors Assur Co Lt 87456 United Kingdom B- q
+ Mercury Life Assur Co Ltd 87457 United Kingdom A- q
New Natl Farmers Union Mut Soc (Life) 85315 United Kingdom A- q
+ National Mutual Life Assur Soc 87480 United Kingdom A- q
- Old Mutual Life Assur Co Ltd 87506 United Kingdom B q
- Pearl Assurance (Unit Funds) 85030 United Kingdom B++q
- Pearl Assur (Unit Linked Pensions) 85188 United Kingdom B++q
New Pearl Assurance plc (Non-Life) 85103 United Kingdom A q
- Permanent Insurance Co Ltd 87516 United Kingdom B+ q
New QBE Insur Reins Europe Ltd 84028 Ireland A
New Sun Hung Kai Properties Ins 87838 Hong Kong A-
New Trafalgar Insurance Pub Ltd Co 87635 United Kingdom B+ q
+ Western Provident Assoc Ltd 87671 United Kingdom A- q
- Zurich GSG Limited 87680 United Kingdom B+ q
Rating Effective Prior
Action Date Rating
New 11/09/00 NR-5
- 11/06/00 A- q
New 10/20/00 NR-5
- 10/20/00 B++q
New 11/02/00 NR-5
- 11/06/00 B- q
New 11/01/00 NR-5
New 11/08/00 NR-5
New 11/08/00 NR-5
U 11/06/00 A
+ 10/20/00 B++q
+ 10/26/00 B++q
- 10/20/00 A q
+ 11/02/00 A- q
- 11/06/00 A q
+ 11/06/00 A- q
New 10/23/00 NR-5
+ 10/20/00 B q
New 10/23/00 NR-5
+ 10/20/00 B q
+ 10/20/00 B+ q
+ 10/20/00 B q
+ 10/20/00 C++q
+ 10/20/00 B++q
New 10/24/00 NR-5
+ 10/20/00 B++q
- 10/20/00 B+ q
- 10/20/00 A- q
- 10/20/00 A- q
New 11/02/00 NR-5
- 10/20/00 B++q
New 10/19/00 NR-5
New 11/08/00 NR-5
New 11/02/00 NR-5
+ 11/02/00 B++q
- 11/02/00 B++q


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