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Best's rating changes.

This edition of Best's Rating Changes reflects all rating changes--assignments, changes or placed trader review--that occurred for life, health and property/casualty insurers domiciled in North America, as well as international insurance companies, since this section last appeared in the November 2006 edition of Best's Review.

See page 25 for the current Guide to Best's Financial Strength Ratings or visit the A.M. Best Co. Web site at www.ambest.com/ratings/guide.html for detailed rating definitions. The A.M. Best rating of any company and basic company information also are available free of charge at www.ambest.com/ratings/access.html.
Ratings Changed

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

Life

New CDPHP Universal Benefits Inc 64596 B+ NR-5
 US: New York

 Citicorp Life Insurance 08382 NR-5 A
 Company
 US: Arizona

 Delta Dental of Illinois 64487 NR-3 B+ pd
 US: Illinois

-- Delta Dental of Kentucky Inc 64485 B pd B+ pd
 US: Kentucky

-- Delta Dental of Missouri 65732 B pd B+ pd
 US: Missouri

-- Dental Service of Massachu- 60193 B++ pd A- pd
 setts Inc
 US: Massachusetts

 First Citicorp Life Insurance 09078 NR-5 A
 Company
 US: New York

-- Independence Blue Cross 64553 B pd B+ pd
 US: Pennsylvania

 North American Co for Life & 09044 NR-5 A-
 Health NY
 US: New York

+ PersonalCare Insurance of 60028 B++ B+
 Illinois Inc
 US: Illinois

 Utica National Life Insurance 06446 NR-5 B++
 Company
 US: New York

+ Wilton Reassurance Life 06084 A- B
 Company of NY
 US: New York

HMO

- AmeriHealth HMO Inc 64139 B pd B+ pd
 US: Pennsylvania

New Capital District Physicians' 68563 B++ NR-5
 Health Plan
 US: New York

+ Coventry Health Care of Kansas 64126 B++ B+
 Inc
 US: Kansas

 Dental Choice Inc 65726 NR-3 B- pd
 US: Kentucky

-- Keystone Health Plan East Inc 68924 B pd B+ pd
 US: Pennsylvania

+ Piedmont Community Healthcare 64390 C++ pd C+ pd
 Inc
 US: Virginia

+ Southern Health Services Inc 68607 B++ B+
 US: Virginia

- Ultimed HMO of Michigan Inc 64284 F E
 US: Michigan

Property/Casualty

+ 1st Auto & Casualty Insurance 11233 B+ B
 Company US: Wisconsin

 Agents Alliance Insurance 11866 NR-5 A
 Company US: North Carolina

New Ameriprise Insurance Company 13104 A
 US: Wisconsin

New ARI Casualty Company 02607 B++ NR-5
 US: New Jersey

New ARI Insurance Group 03886 B++ NR-5
 US: New Jersey

New ARI Mutual Insurance Company 00376 B++ NR-5
 US: New Jersey

+ Auto Club Family Insurance 10789 A+ A u
 Company US: Missouri

+ Automobile Club Inter-Insu- 00185 A+ A u
 rance Exchange US: Missouri

 Automobile Club of Missouri 18095 NR-5 A u
 Group US: Missouri

New Community Mutual Insurance 11047 B- NR-4
 Company
 US: New York

New Farmers Home Fire Insurance 03375 B++ NR-5
 Company
 US: Arkansas

 Hawaiian Insurance & Guar 11581 NR-5 E
 Co, Ltd
 US: Hawaii

-- Lawyers Mutual Insurance 10632 B+ B++
 Company of KY
 US: Kentucky

+ Mennonite Mutual Insurance 00617 B++ B+
 Company
 US: Ohio

-- Oriska Insurance Company 11741 C- u C+
 US: New York

New Prime Insurance Company 13308 B+
 US: Illinois

New Prime Insurance Group 18696 B+
 US: Illinois

+ Wisconsin Reinsurance 02791 B++ B+
 Corporation
 US: Wisconsin

+ Wisconsin Reinsurance Group 18165 B++ B+
 US: Wisconsin

International

+ ACE European Group Limited 86485 A+ A
 United Kingdom

+ Allianz Global Corporate & 87997 A A-
 Specialty AG
 Germany

 Charter Reinsurance Company 85504 NR-5 E
 Limited
 United Kingdom

New Elvia Reiseversicherungs- 78025 A NR-5
 Gesellschaft AG
 Switzerland

+ Labuan Reinsurance (L) Ltd 86913 A- B++
 Malaysia

New Malaysian Reinsurance Berhad 78303 A-
 Malaysia

 Rutland Insurance Ltd 57579 NR-3 B++
 Guernsey

 Troika 2004 Limited 77071 NR-5 F
 United Kingdom

New XL Re Europe Limited 78455 A+
 Ireland

Ratings Under Review

Rating Current Previous
Action Company Name & Domicile AMB# Rating Rating
 Property/Casualty

 Affirmative Insurance Company 01795 B+ u B+
 US: Illinois

 Affirmative Insurance Group 18648 B+ u B+
 US: Illinois

 American Guaranty Insurance 00130 B++ u B++
 Company
 US: North Carolina

 Converium Insurance (North 00554 B u B
 America) Inc
 US: New Jersey

 Converium Reinsurance (NA) Inc 02696 B- u B-
 US: Connecticut

 Insura Property & Casualty 2741 B+ u B+
 Ins Co, Inc
 US: Illinois

International

 Bahamas First General 86960 A- u A-
 Insurance co Ltd
 Bahamas

 Catlin Insurance Company 77622 A u A
 (UK) Ltd.
 United Kingdom

 Catlin Insurance Company 84805 A u A
 Limited
 Bermuda

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

GUIDE TO BEST'S FINANCIAL STRENGTH RATINGS

A Best's Rating is an independent opinion, based on a comprehensive
quantitative and qualitative evaluation, of a company' balance
sheet strength, operating performance and business profile. Best's
Financial Strength Ratings are not a warranty of a company's
financial strength and ability to meet its ongoing obligations to
policyholders.

Financial Strength Ratings

A Best's Financial Strength Rating (FSR) is an opinion as to an
insurer's financial strength and ability to meet its ongoing
obligations to policyholders.

 Rating Descriptor

Secure A++, A+ Superior
 A, A- Excellent
 B++, B+ Very Good

Vulnerable B, B- Fair
 am C++, C+ Marginal
 C, C- Weak
 c D Poor
 E Under Regulatory Supervision
 F In Liquidation
 S Suspended

Rating Modifiers Affiliation Codes

"u" Under Review "g" Group
"pd" Public Data "p" Pooled
"s" Syndicate "r" Reinsured

Not Rated Categories (NB)

NR-1 Insufficient Data
NR-2 Insufficient Size and/or Operating Experience
NR-3 Rating Procedure Inapplicable
NR-4 Company Request
NR-5 Not Formally Followed

Best's Ratings are distributed via press release and/or the A.M.
Best Web site at www.ambest.com, and are published in the Rating
Monitor section of BestWeek[R]. Best's Ratings are proprietary and
may not be reproduced without permission.

Copyright [C] 2006 by A.M. Best Company, Inc. Version 031606

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