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Best Rating Changes. (Ratings).

This summary of Best's Rating Changes includes life, health-care and property/casualty insurers domiciled in North America, as well as international insurers that had ratings assigned, changed or placed under review since this section last appeared in the June 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 19 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.

The A.M. Best rating of any company and basic company information are also available free of charge at the Web site.
Ratings Changed

Rating Current Previous
Action Company Name 7 Domicile AMB# Rating Rating

 Life/Health

 Annuity & Life Reassurance 06281 C+ B- u
 America Inc
 US: Connecticut

 Annuity & Life Reassurance 06281 NR-4 C+
 America Inc
 US: Connecticut

- Baltimore Life Insurance Company 06143 B+ B++
 US: Maryland

- Christian Fidelity life Insurance 06217 C+ u B u
 Co
 US: Texas

 First Continental Life & Accident 06557 NR-5 C
 Ins Co
 US: Utah

- IL Annuity and Insurance Company 07407 A- A
 US: Kansas

 Life of Maryland Inc 09056 NR-3 B++
 US: Maryland

+ Mutual Service Life 06755 A- B++
 Insurance Company
 US: Minnesota

- National Health Insurance Company 08392 C u B u
 US: Texas

- North American Insurance Company 60015 C+ u B u
 US: Wisconsin

- North Carolina Mutual Life 06835 B+ B++
 Insurance Co
 US: North Carolina

 Old Line Life Ins Co of America 06859 NR-5 A+
 US: Wisconsin

- Oxford Life Insurance Company 07890 C+ u B u
 US: Arizona

- Philanthropic Mutual Life Ins Co 06920 B B+
 US: Pennsylvania

+ Sierra Health & Life Insurance Co 07370 B+ B
 Inc
 US: California

 Transamerica Life Insurance Co of 60018 NR-3 A+
 NY
 US: New York

 HMO

+ ADVANTAGE Health Solutions Inc 64624 C+ pd C pd
 US: Indiana

+ Alliance for Community Health 64179 B pd B- pd
 US: Missouri

- AMERIGROUP Texas Inc 64238 C+ pd C++ pd
 US: Texas

 Ameritas Managed Dental Plan Inc 68921 NR-5 A
 US: California

- Arnett HMO Inc 64262 B pd B+ pd
 US: Indiana

- Cape Health Plan Inc 64490 C++ pd B- pd
 US: Michigan

 Capital Community Health Plan 64613 NR-5 C++ pd
 US: District Of Columbia

 Community Care Behavioral Health 64549 NR-3 C++ pd
 US: Pennsylvania

New Community Choice Michigan 64042 E C++ pd
 US: Michigan

 ConnectiCare of Massachusetts 64464 B pd NR-5
 US: Massachusetts

- Coordinated Care Corporation IN Inc 64266 C+ pd B- pd
 US: Indiana

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

 Dominion Dental Services Inc 64638 NR-5 B- pd
 US: Virginia

+ Driscoll Children's Health Plan 64519 B pd B- pd
 US: Texas

 ECCA Managed Vision Care Inc 64517 NR-5 B- pd
 US: Texas

 Educators Health Care 68603 B+ pd NR-5
 US: Utah

 Flagship Health Systems Inc 68631 NR-5 C+ pd
 US: New Jersey

- Geisinger Health Plan 68588 C++ pd B pd
 US: Pennsylvania

- Great Lakes Health Plan Inc 64439 D pd C+ pd
 US: Michigan

 Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Inc 68973 B pd NR-3
 US: Massachusetts

 Harvard Pilgrim Hlth Care of New 64342 NR-5 E
 Eng
 US: Massachusetts

+ Health Plan of Michigan 64615 B pd B- pd
 US: Michigan

+ Health Plan of Nevada Inc 68619 B+ B
 US: Nevada

 Health Plus of Louisiana Inc 64279 NR-5 B- pd
 US: Louisiana

 Health Right Inc 64611 B pd NR-5
 US: District Of Columbia

+ Healthcare Inc 64406 B- pd C++ pd
 US: Georgia

 Healthplan Southeast Inc 64108 NR-5 C- pd
 US: Florida

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

- HealthSpring Inc 6430 C+ pd C++ pd
 US: Tennessee

- Hometown Health Plan 64235 C++ pd B- pd
 US: Nevada

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

 Kapi olani Health Hawaii 64432 NR-5 C ++ pd
 US: Hawaii

+ Managed Health Services 64205 C ++ pd C + pd
 Insurance Corp
 US: Wisconsin

 Mayo Health Plan Inc 64609 NR-5 C + pd
 US: Florida

+ McLaren Health Plan Inc 64616 B pd B - pd
 US: Michigan

 MedSpan Health Options Inc 64317 NR-3 B ++
 US: Connecticut

 Molina Healthcare of Michigan 64685 C ++ pd NR-5
 Inc
 US: Michigan

+ Mount Carmel Health Plan Inc 64112 C ++ pd C + pd
 US: Ohio

 National Pacific Dental Inc 68837 NR-5 B - pd
 US: Texas

- Neighborhood Health Plan Inc 68744 C + pd C ++ pd
 US: Massachusetts

- Parkland Community Health 64461 C pd C ++ pd
 Plan Inc
 US: Texas

New Physicians Health PI of 68743 B B - pd
 Northern IN Inc
 US: Indiana

 PrimeHealth of Alabama Inc 64256 NB-5 C pd
 US: Alabama

 Professional Dental Plan Inc 65735 NB-5 D pd
 US: Wisconsin

New Providence Health Plan 66651 B ++ C ++ pd
 US: Oregon

 San Luis Valley HMO Inc 68945 B - pd NR-2
 US: Colorado

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

 SelectCare HMO Inc 68693 NR-5 C pd
 US: Michigan

- SHA L L C 60114 C + pd C ++ pd
 US: Texas

- South Dakota State Medical 68969 B - pd B pd
 Holding Co
 US: South Dakota

 Superior Health Plan Inc 64457 C - pd NR-5
 US: Texas

- Three Rivers Health Plans Inc 64104 B - pd B pd
 US: Pennsylvania

 UnitedHlthcare of Upstate NY 68844 NR-5 A
 Inc
 US: New York

+ University Health Care Inc 64408 C + pd C pd
 US: Kentucky

 ValueOptions of Texas Inc 64514 NR-5 C - pd
 US: Texas

+ Vermont Health Plan LLC 64124 B + pd B pd
 US: Vermont

 Vision Plan of America 68816 NR-5 C pd
 US: California

- Welborn Clinic 64272 C pd C + pd
 US: Indiana

 Willamette Dental of Idaho Inc 64402 NR-5 C + pd
 US: Idaho

 Property/Casualty

- A.I.M. Mutual Insurance 18555 A - A
 Compannies
 US: Massachusetts

+ ACUITY A Mutual Insurance 00468 A + A
 Company
 US: Wisconsin

+ ACUITY Group 00461 A + A
 US: Wisconsin

+ American Independent Insurance 04969 B + C ++
 Company
 US: Pennsylvania

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

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

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

+ Andover Companies 00166 A + A
 US: Massachusetts

- Anglo Canada General Insurance 85705 A - A
 Company
 Canada: Ontario

- Associated Employers Insurance 12463 A - A
 Company
 US: Massachusetts

- Associated Industries of MA 11041 A - A
 Mut Ins Co
 US: Massachusetts

- AXA Insurance (Canada) 86239 A - A
 Canada: Ontario

- Bankers Independent Insurance 00200 B B +
 Company
 US: Maryland

+ Bay State Insurance Company 02053 A + A
 US: Massachusetts

+ Cambridge Mutual Fire 02054 A + A
 Insurance Company
 US: Massachusetts

+ Discovery Insurance Company 11631 C ++ C +
 US: North Carolina

- Eagle Insurance Group (WA) 18007 B u B + u
 US: Washington

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

+ Endurance Beinsurance Corp of 12559 A A -
 America
 US: New York

- Enumclaw Insurance Group 18586 A - A
 US: Washington

- Enumclaw Property & Casualty 12511 A - A
 Inc Co
 US: Washington

+ Farm Credit System Assn 55016 A A -
 Captive Ins Co
 US: Colorado

+ Finger Lakes Fire and Casualty 10695 A A -
 Company
 US: New York

 GreatLand Insurance Company 12330 NR-3 B u
 US: Ohio

+ Greatway Insurance Company 00218 A + A
 US: Wisconsin

New Hanover Fire and Casualty 10847 B + NR-2
 Insurance Co
 US: Pennsylvania

 Harleysville-Garden State 11244 NR-3 A -
 Insurance Co
 US: New Jersey

 Independence Indemnity 12243 NR-5 E
 Insurance Company
 US: Kansas

- Insurance Corporation of 86579 A - A
 Newfoundland
 Canada: Newfoundland

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

- Kemper Commercial Insurance 12291 C ++ B u
 Company
 US: Illinois

- Kemper Employers Insurance 11755 C ++ B u
 Company
 US: Illinois

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

- Kemper Insurance Companies 04427 C ++ B u
 US: Illinois

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

- Kemper Surplus lines Insurance 12229 C++ B u
 Company
 US: Illinois

New Lawyers Mutual of North Carolina 18599 A
 Group
 US: North Carolina

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

+ Mapfre Insurance Company of Florida 10805 B++ B+
 US: Florida

+ Merrimack Mutual Fire Insurance 02055 A+ A
 Company
 US: Massachusetts

- Millers Insurance Company 00635 F D
 US: Texas

- Mutual of Enumclaw Insurance 00374 A- A
 Company
 US: Washington

- Narragansett Bay Insurance Company 01750 E B- u
 US: Rhode Island

- North American Fire & Casualty 11685 C B u
 Ins Co
 US: Louisiana

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

- Pacific Indemnity Insurance Company 11448 B+ B++
 US: Guam

 Pawtucket Mutual Group 05665 NR-5 B- u
 US: Rhode Island

- Pawtucket Mutual Insurance Company 00755 E B- u
 US: Rhode Island

- Republic Western Insurance Company 03597 C B u
 US: Arizona

- Republic Western Insurance Group 18443 C B u
 US: Nevada

New Response Indemnity Company 12032 B++ NR-2
 US: New York

New Response Indemnity Company of 12149 B++ NR-2
 California
 US: California

New Response Indemnity Company of 12386 B++ NR-2
 Delaware
 US: Delaware

New Response Insurance Company 11946 B++ NR-2
 US: Delaware

New Response Insurance Company of 12385 B++ NR-2
 America
 US: District Of Columbia

New Response Insurance Group 18616 B++
 US: Delaware

 RidgeLand Insurance Company 12331 NR-3 B u
 US: Ohio

- Security Indemnity Insurance 10420 D C
 Company
 US: New Jersey

- Specialty National Insurance 12302 C++ B u
 Company
 US: Illinois

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

New State Auto Florida Insurance 12556 A+
 Company
 US: Florida

+ Sterling Casualty Insurance Company 01720 C D
 US: California

+ Stonington Insurance Company 00175 A B+
 US: Texas

New Stonington Uoyds Insurance Company 12577 A
 US: Texas

New Warner Insurance Group 18615 B++
 US: Illinois

- Worldwide Direct Auto Insurance 03045 B++ A u
 Company
 US: Ohio

- Worldwide Insurance Company 00609 B++ A u
 US: Ohio

 International

 Acc Comp Corp-Employers' Acct 84889 NR-3 A+
 New Zealand

 Annuity and Life Reassurance, Ltd 86698 NR-4 C+
 Bermuda

+ Endurance Specialty Insurance Ltd 84835 A A-
 Bermuda

+ Endurance Worldwide Insurance 83234 A A-
 Limited
 United Kingdom

New Lantana Insurance Ltd 75594 A
 Bermuda

+ Montpelier Reinsurance Ltd 84809 A A-
 Bermuda

- National Warranty Ins RRG 11609 B u B++
 Cayman Islands
New SCHWARZMEER UND OSTSEE

 Versicherungs AG 84710 B++ NR-5
 Germany

- Underwriter Insurance Company 87115 B+ B++
 Limited
 United Kingdom

Ratings Under Review

Rating Current Previous
Action Company Name 7 Domicile AMB# Rating Rating

 Life/Health

U Federal Kemper Life Assurance 06376 A u A
 Company
 US: Illinois

U Fidelity Lf Assn A Mut Legal 06386 A u A
 Reserve Co
 US: Illinois

U Kemper Investors Life Insurance 06225 A u A
 Company
 US: Illinois

U Liberty Bankers Life Insurance 07011 B+ u B+
 Company
 US: Iowa

U Zurich Life Insurance Co of 60360 A u A
 New York
 US: New York

U Zurich Life Insurance Company of 07266 A u A
 America
 US: Illinois

 Property/Casualty

U Gerling Canada Insurance Company 85749 A- u A-
 Canada: Ontario

U Palisades Group 18426 B++ B++
 US: New Jersey

U Palisades Safety and Insurance 11380 B++ B++
 Assn
 US: New Jersey

U Prudential Commercial Ins Co of NJ 12230 A- u A-
 US: New Jersey

U Prudential General Ins Co of NJ 12231 A- u A-
 US: New Jersey

U Prudential P & C Insurance Co of NJ 00710 A- u A-
 US: New Jersey

U Prudential Property & Cas NJ Grp 18501 A- u A-
 US: New Jersey

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


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* All rating actions are published in the Rating Monitor section of Best Weeks [R]. Selected rating changes and new ratings are published in Best's Review [R] (our monthly magazine).

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Secure Best's Ratings

A++ and A+: Superior

A and A-: Excellent

B++ and B+: Very Good

Vulnerable Best's Ratings

B and B-: Fair

C++ and C+: Marginal

C and C-: Weak

D: Poor

E: Under Regulatory Supervision

F: In Liquidation

S: Rating Suspended

RATING MODIFIERS

Under Review (u) Rating Modifiers are assigned to Best's Ratings to identify companies whose rating opinions are Under Review and may be subject to near-term change.

Syndicate (s) Rating Modifiers are assigned to syndicates operating at Lloyd's.

Best's Public Data (pd) Rating Modifiers may be assigned to Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs), Canadian, UK and other European insurers that do not subscribe to our interactive rating process. Best's Public Data Ratings reflect both qualitative and quantitative analysis using publicly available data and other public information.

NOT RATED CATEGORIES (NR)

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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

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