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Best's rating changes.

Best's Rating Changes

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

See page 20 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 Chanqed

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

Life

+ Bankers Life of Louisiana 06151 B++ B-
 US: Louisiana

+ Central Reserve Life 06203 B++ B+ u
 Insurance Company
 US: Ohio

+ Christian Fidelity Life 06217 B++ B+
 Insurance Co
 US: Texas

+ Continental General Insurance 07360 B++ B+ u
 Company
 US: Nebraska

+ Empire HealthChoice Assurance 68564 A A-
 Inc
 US: New York

 Financial Benefit Life 09377 NR-5 B+
 Insurance Company
 US: Kansas

+ Life of the South Insurance 08921 B++ B+
 Company
 US: Georgia

- Medical Savings Insurance 07677 B B+
 Company
 US: Indiana

 Member Service Life 08784 NR-5 A
 Insurance Company
 US: Oklahoma

 NationsBanc Insurance Company 07107 NR-5 A-
 Inc
 US: South Carolina

+ Oxford Life Insurance Company 07890 B++ B+
 US: Arizona

New Provident American Life & 06932 B++ NR-2
 Health Ins Co
 US: Ohio

+ Southern Financial Life 60271 B++ B+
 Insurance Co
 US: Kentucky

- United HealthCare Insurance 60071 A A+
 Co of IL
 US: Illinois

- United HealthCare Insurance 60108 A A+
 Co of NY
 US: New York

- United HealthCare Insurance 60046 A A+
 Co of OH
 US: Ohio

- United HealthCare Insurance 08290 A A+
 Company
 US: Connecticut

 Zale Life Insurance Company 07349 B+ B++
 US: Arizona

HMO

+ Empire HealthChoice HMO Inc 64368 A A-
 US: New York

 MCS Health Management Options 64591 NR-5 C+ pd
 Inc
 US: Puerto Rico

- Western Dental Services Inc 64651 B++ A-
 US: California

New Western Health Advantage 64577 B C pd
 US: California

Property/Casualty

+ American Healthcare Indemnity 11856 B+ B
 Company
 US: Delaware

+ American Healthcare Specialty 11855 B+ B
 Ins Co
 US: Arkansas

New ASI Assurance Corporation 10106 B++ NR-2
 US: Florida

New Blue Whale Re Ltd. 71170 A-
 US: Vermont

 First Commercial Trans and 11104 NR-5 D
 Prop Ins
 US: Florida

- Health Care Indemnity Inc 03701 B++ A- u
 US: Colorado

+ Insurance Company of Prince 87054 B++ B+
 Edward Is
 Canada: Prince Edward Island

+ Majestic Insurance Company 01723 A- B++ u
 US: California

+ Republic Indemnity Company of 00800 A A-
 America
 US: California

+ Republic Indemnity Company of 01856 A A-
 Calif.
 US: California

+ Republic Indemnity Insurance 03012 A A-
 Pool
 US: California

+ SCPIE Companies 18350 B+ B
 US: California

+ SCPIE Indemnity Company 11800 B+ B
 US: California

+ SGI CANADA Insurance Services 86846 B++ B+
 Ltd
 Canada: Saskatchewan

New Triumphe Casualty Company 02810 A NR-3
 US: Pennsylvania

 Valor Insurance Company, 11647 E NR-3
 Incorporated
 US: Montana

International

 Aberdeen Asset Mgmt. Life & 87966 NR-5 B++ pd
 Pensions Ltd
 United Kingdom

New Asia Capital Reinsurance Group 78461 A-
 Pte. Ltd.
 Singapore

 Bankers Insurance Company 87227 NR-5 B pd
 Limited
 United Kingdom

- BUPA Insurance Limited 84804 B+ pd B++ pd
 United Kingdom

 Canada Life Limited 87449 NR-5 B+ pd
 United Kingdom

New Capital Region Insurance 76202 B+
 Company
 Cayman Islands

 CGU Underwriting Limited 87290 NR-5 A pd
 United Kingdom

+ Combined Life Assurance 84203 A- B++
 Company Limited
 United Kingdom

- Co-operative Insurance Society 87801 B pd B+ pd
 Limited
 United Kingdom

 DAS Legal Expenses Insurance 87310 NR-5 B++ pd
 Company Ltd
 United Kingdom

 Europ Assistance Insurance 87338 NR-5 B pd
 Limited
 United Kingdom

+ Friends Provident Life & 84844 B++ pd B+ pd
 Pensions Ltd
 United Kingdom

+ GE Life Limited 87603 B+ pd B pd
 United Kingdom

 Gresham Insurance Company 87371 NR-5 A- pd
 Limited
 United Kingdom

 Groupama Insurance Company Ltd 87434 NR-5 B+ pd

 United Kingdom

- Hamilton Insurance Company 86142 B- pd B pd
 Limited
 United Kingdom

 Hermes Assured Limited 87386 NR-5 B- pd
 United Kingdom

New Insurance Company Eurasia JSC 78331 B+
 Kazakhstan

 JPMorgan Life Limited 87411 NR-3 B+ pd
 United Kingdom

 Landmark Insurance Company 87416 NR-5 B- pd
 Limited
 United Kingdom

 Legal & General Insurance 87423 NR-5 A- pd
 Limited
 United Kingdom

 Liberty Mutual Insurance 87425 NR-5 A- pd
 Europe Limited
 United Kingdom

 Lincoln Assurance Limited 87429 NR-5 B pd
 United Kingdom

+ Liverpool Victoria Life 87516 B- pd C++ pd
 Company Ltd
 United Kingdom

+ London General Insurance 87438 A- B++
 Company Ltd
 United Kingdom

 Merrill Lynch Pensions Limited 87457 NR-5 B++ pd

 United Kingdom

 Metlife Insurance Limited 87308 NR-5 B++ pd
 United Kingdom

 Morley Pooled Pensions Limited 87494 NR-5 A- pd
 United Kingdom

 Munich Reinsurance Co of 86473 NR-4 A+
 Australasia Ltd
 Australia

+ National Farmers Union Mutual 85012 A- pd B++ pd
 Ins Soc
 United Kingdom

+ Nationwide Life Limited 87482 A- pd B++ pd
 United Kingdom

+ Royal London Mutual Insurance 87567 B++ pd B+ pd
 Soc Ltd
 United Kingdom

- Royal Scottish Assurance Plc 87569 B+ pd B++ pd
 United Kingdom

 Sompo Japan Insurance Co. of 86495 NR-5 B pd
 Europe
 United Kingdom

 Standard Life Assurance 85844 A- pd NR-5
 Company 2006
 United Kingdom

New Tapiola General Mutual Ins Co 83905 A NR-5

 Finland

New Tapiola General Mutual 85429 A NR-5
 Insurance Company
 Finland

 Tokio Marine Europe Insurance 85366 NR-5 B++ pd
 Limited
 United Kingdom

New Twin Bridges (Bermuda) Ltd 76327 A-
 Bermuda

+ Wesleyan Assurance Society 87665 B++ pd B+ pd
 United Kingdom

 Winterthur Life UK Limited 87287 NR-5 B- pd
 United Kingdom

 Zurich International (UK) 86273 NR-5 B++ pd
 Limited
 United Kingdom

Ratings Under Review

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

 Life/Health
 Century Life Assurance Company 09124 B+ u B+
 US: Oklahoma

 HCC Life Insurance Company 09081 A+ u A+
 US: Indiana

 HIP Insurance Company of 08034 B+ u B+
 New York
 US: New York

 Perico Life Insurance Company 08618 A u A
 US: Delaware
HMO

 ConnectiCare Inc 68517 B+ u B+
 US: Connecticut

 Health Insurance Pln of 68985 B+ u B+
 Greater NY
 US: New York

Property/Casualty

 American Contractors Indemnity 11019 A u A
 Company
 US: California

 Avemco Insurance Company 00191 A+ u A+
 US: Maryland

 HCC Insurance Company 03833 A u A
 US: Indiana

 HCC Insurance Holdings 18421 A+ u A+
 US: Texas

 HCC Specialty Insurance 12531 A+ u A+
 Company
 US: Oklahoma

 Houston Casualty Company 03286 A+ u A+
 US: Texas

 Lancer Casualty Company 10093 A- u A-
 US: New Jersey

 Merchants Insurance Co of 02317 A- u A-
 NH Inc
 US: New Hampshire

 Real State Insurance 73878 A- u A-
 Corporation
 US: Hawaii

 U.S. Specialty Insurance 00747 A+ u A+
 Company
 US: Texas

 United States Surety Company 12009 A u A
 US: Maryland

International

 Mapfre Empresas Cia de Seg y 83013 A u A
 Reas
 Spain

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 Financial Strength Rating is an independent opinion
based on a comprehensive quantitative and qualitative evaluation
of a company's 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+ Good

Vulnerable

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

Rating Modifiers

"u" Under Review
"pd" Public Data
"s" Syndicate

Affiliation Codes

"g" Group
"p" Pooled
"Y" Reinsured

Not Rated Categories (NR)

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 Financial Strength 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 Financial
Strength Ratings are proprietary and may not be reproduced without
permission.

Copyright [c] 2007 by A.M. Best Company, Inc. Version 010207

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