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Obama to Insurers: ACA Having “Growing Pains”

President Barack Obama acknowledges there are hurdles to reducing the nation’s uninsured rate. In a letter to health insurers, he said most new enterprises face “growing pains and opportunities for improvement,” and the Affordable Care Act marketplace is no exception...
September 19, 2016

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President Barack Obama acknowledges there are hurdles to reducing the nation’s uninsured rate. In a letter to health insurers, he said most new enterprises face “growing pains and opportunities for improvement,” and the Affordable Care Act marketplace is no exception.

“I appreciate your organization’s contributions to that progress and your ongoing commitment to your consumers, your community, and our Nation,” he wrote. “We know that this progress has not been without challenges. Most new enterprises have growing pains and opportunities for improvement. The Marketplace, while strong, is no exception.”

The White House released the president’s letter following a Sept. 12 meeting of senior administration officials with health insurers, to which Obama paid a visit. Representatives from Humana, Cigna, Blue Cross Blue Shield plans, FirstCare Health Plans, Molina Healthcare, America’s Health Insurance Plans, and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association were present. The White House says the meeting focused on best practices that will encourage new customers to enroll and returning customers to shop around.

The upcoming 2017 sign-up season looks challenging, with significant premium increases in many communities amid a declining choice of insurers.

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