OLDWICK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AM Best has placed under review with developing implications the
Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of B (Fair) and the Long-Term Issuer
Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) of “bb” of Oregon Dental Services (ODS).
Concurrently, AM Best has placed under review with developing
implications the FSR of B- (Fair) and the Long-Term ICR of “bb-” of Moda
Health Plan, Inc. (Moda Health). Both companies are domiciled in
These credit rating actions follow a January 2019 release by the
California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) that it is reviewing
Delta Dental of California’s plan to purchase approximately 50% interest
in Moda Inc., a subsidiary of ODS and the parent of Moda Health. The
DMHC has stated that there is no time limit for the review, which is
ongoing. Furthermore, these credit rating actions are based on the
uncertain timing of a decision by the DMHC, as well as AM Best’s
expectation that the transaction would have been completed by year-end
2018. The ratings will remain under review until the transaction
concludes, at which time AM Best will conduct discussions with
management regarding the final terms of the transaction and its impact
on capitalization and flow of funds.
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