Monday, June 18, 2018

AM Best Upgrades Rating of HM Insurance Group’s Life Companies to A (Excellent)

Following the annual review of financial results, the Financial Strength Ratings (FSR) of HM Life Insurance Company and HM Life Insurance Company of New York were upgraded to A (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company. The outlook for the ratings remains stable.

The companies of HM Insurance Group (HM) were reviewed as part of the evaluation of Highmark Inc., of which HM is a diversified business. According to A.M. Best, the ratings for the companies involved reflect Highmark Group’s balance sheet strength, which A.M. Best categorizes as strongest, as well as its adequate operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.

“The A rating is a significant achievement for our company,” Tom Doran, president, HM Insurance Group, said. “The stop loss industry is facing many challenges – especially with the growth in high-dollar claims – so the acknowledgement by A.M. Best that we are financially strong and performing well is a testament to our focus on achieving stable, predictable results in the current market.”

According to A.M. Best Company, rating upgrades to HM Life Insurance Company and HM Life Insurance Company of New York are based on a combination of risk-adjusted capitalization being measured at the strongest level and the long-term strategy to grow stop loss business following the workers’ compensation business divestiture in 2016. A.M. Best also noted the strategic importance HM has placed on cross-selling stop loss to Highmark’s large administrative services only groups. A.M. Best found that HM’s near-term losses were driven by an increased claims experience in early 2017 and that HM has garnered the rate actions necessary to reverse the adverse earnings pressure favorably, with near-term results also tracking favorably.


About HM Insurance Group
HM Insurance Group (HM) provides insurance and reinsurance coverage to protect businesses from the financial risk associated with catastrophic health care costs. A recognized leader in Employer Stop Loss, the company delivers protection for a range of group sizes. HM also offers managed care solutions, including Provider Excess Loss insurance and Health Plan Reinsurance. HM Life Insurance Company, HM Life Insurance Company of New York and Highmark Casualty Insurance Company are all rated “A” (Excellent) by AM Best Company. Through its insurance companies, HM Insurance Group holds insurance licenses in 50 states and the District of Columbia and maintains sales offices across the country. Learn more on

Why HM

A strong, experienced carrier, HM responds to market changes and works with clients to ensure their coverage needs are met through expert risk assessment and exceptional delivery of benefits.