Barack Obama tells insurers new enterprises have growing pains

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President Barack Obama says he knows that progress in reducing the uninsured rate hasn’t been without challenges.

Obama says in a letter to the nation’s health insurers that most new enterprises have growing pains and opportunities for improvement, and the health insurance marketplace shaped by his health care law, “while strong, is no exception.”

The White House has released Obama’s letter after he dropped by a meeting that senior administration officials had Monday with health insurers. 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 tough, with sharp premium increases in many communities and a dwindling choice of insurers.

Republished with permission of The Associated Press.

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