Press Release - OCTOBER 26, 2017

A.M. Best Affirms Credit Ratings of SilverScript Insurance Company


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OLDWICK - OCTOBER 26, 2017
A.M. Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a” of SilverScript Insurance Company (SilverScript) (Nashville, TN). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) remains stable.

The ratings reflect SilverScript’s strong risk-adjusted capital levels over the past several years, supported by 100% retention of net income and an absence of dividends. In addition, the ratings benefit from the financial and operating resources of the ultimate parent, CVS Health Corporation (CVS Health). SilverScript has developed a long-term trend of strong favorable earnings; however, net results have been uneven over the past several years due to the impact of one-time items. Furthermore, SilverScript is the market leader in stand-alone prescription drug plan enrollment and is strategically important to CVS Health’s planned participation in the federal government’s Medicare prescription drug program.

Offsetting rating factors include SilverScript’s concentration in a single line of business that is highly regulated and that could negatively impact future earnings; however, the company continues to report favorable earnings. Membership is driven primarily by low-income cost sharing subsidized members who were auto-assigned by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and comprise 53% of SilverScript’s members, making the company heavily weighted toward this segment. Additionally, there are potential liquidity concerns resulting from a high dependency on large program receivable balances due to the CMS’ reconciliation process and timing of payments. Although there is low risk of payment default by the U.S. government program, there is a feasible risk of a delay in payment from CMS. This is mitigated through SilverScript’s ceded reinsurance agreements and the support from its ultimate parent, CVS Health, if necessary.

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AMB# Company Name
052060 CVS Health Corporation
064967 SilverScript Insurance Company