The New York Insurance Department has proposed a revision to Regulation No. 20 (121 NYCRR 125) – Credit for Reinsurance from Unauthorized Insurers. The Department has published a summary of the proposed amendment, and the Notice of Proposed Rule Making notes that comments will be accepted until 45 days after the publication of the Notice. We have confirmed with the Department that the comment period closes February 9, 2009. The amendment proposes to apply principle-based credit risk management standards to all licensed ceded insurers, and provides an alternative credit for reinsurance ceded to unauthorized reinsurers, which adjusts the credit that the ceding insurer may take on its financial statement based upon the financial strength of the unauthorized assuming reinsurer. The financial strength determination is based upon ratings by Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s Investor Services, Fitch Ratings, A.M. Best Company or any other rating agency recognized by the Securities Valuation Office of the NAIC.