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Eastern Insurance Holdings, Inc. Announces Affirmation Of A (Excellent) A.M. Best Financial Strength Rating For Eastern Alliance Insurance Group

LANCASTER, Pa., May 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Eastern Insurance Holdings, Inc. ("EIHI") (NASDAQ: EIHI) today announced that A.M. Best Company has affirmed its A (Excellent) financial strength rating and stable outlook for subsidiary Eastern Alliance Insurance Group ("EAIG"), a domestic casualty insurance group specializing in workers' compensation.

"A.M. Best's affirmation of the A (Excellent) rating is indicative of our continued excellent operational and financial results and strong balance sheet during a difficult insurance market and economic cycle," said Michael Boguski, President and Chief Executive Officer of EIHI. "I was particularly pleased with A.M. Best's recognition of our outperformance of the workers' compensation industry as a whole."

In its news release affirming the A (Excellent) rating, A.M. Best recognized EAIG's "strong operating results, loyal agency base, excellent capitalization, prudent reserving practices and the financial flexibility afforded by EIHI." The rating organization said that EAIG's five-year average combined ratio "outperforms the workers' compensation composite by a wide margin" and highlights EAIG's "strong underwriting performance and its ability to close claims more quickly and at a lower average cost than the typical workers' compensation writer."

EAIG consists of Eastern Alliance Insurance Company, Allied Eastern Indemnity Company, Eastern Advantage Assurance Company and Employers Security Insurance Company, which operate under an intercompany pooling agreement. EAIG also consists of Employers Alliance, Inc. which provides third party administration services to EAIG, Eastern Re Ltd., S.P.C., an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of EIHI, and other businesses and self-insured customers.  Founded in 1997, EAIG specializes in providing workers' compensation products and services to businesses and self-insured clients. EAIG distributes its products through independent insurance agencies and has service offices in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Indiana, Tennessee, and Virginia.

EIHI operates through its subsidiaries a domestic casualty insurance group specializing in workers' compensation, a third-party claims administration company and a specialty reinsurance company. EIHI's Web address is www.eihi.com. Eastern Alliance's Web address is www.eains.com.

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