AM Best withdraws credit ratings on Moda Health Plan, Inc.  and Oregon Dental Service

AM Best withdraws credit ratings on Moda Health Plan, Inc. and Oregon Dental Service

ALDUICK, NJ March 15, 2024—(BUSINESS WIRE)–AM Best downgraded the Long-Term ICR to “bb” (Fair) from “bb+” (Fair) and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) from B (Fair) of Moda Health Plan, Inc. (Moda Health). Simultaneously, AM Best downgraded Oregon Dental Service’s (ODS) FSR to B (satisfactory) from B+ (good) and long-term ICR to ‘bb+’ (satisfactory) from ‘bbb-‘ (good). In addition, AM Best has placed both ratings on review with negative implications. Both companies are based in Portland, Oregon.

In addition, AM Best withdrew these ratings because the companies requested to no longer participate in AM Best’s interactive rating process. These ratings serve as the final AM Best rating updates for these companies.

The ratings reflect Moda Health’s strong balance sheet, which AM Best rates as weak, as well as its marginal operating results, limited business profile and adequate enterprise risk management (ERM).

Prior to the withdrawals, Moda Health’s negatively impacted and downgraded long-term ICR reflected the lack of improvement in its risk-adjusted capitalization as measured by Best’s capital adequacy ratio (BCAR). In 2023, the company’s capital decreased due to a significant net loss and repayment of surplus bonds, partially offset by an unrealized profit and a capital contribution from its parent company ODS. AM Best remains concerned about the level of risk-adjusted capitalization.

The ratings reflect ODS’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best judges to be sufficient, as well as its adequate operating results, limited business profile and appropriate ERM.

Downgrades and downgrades of ODS mainly reflect reduced risk-adjusted capitalization as measured by BCAR. In addition, financial leverage for ODS remains moderately high, which AM Best believes limits financial flexibility.

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