Tracking & Tackling COVID-19 (with Andy Slavitt)

Show Notes

On this week’s special episode of Stay Tuned, Preet is joined by Andy Slavitt, who served as the Acting Administrator of Medicare and Medicaid Services during the last two years of the Obama administration. A healthcare industry veteran, Slavitt helped to salvage the maligned and worked to improve federal health care data analytics. Since leaving government, Slavitt has remained a critical voice in the battle for healthcare coverage, founding the non-profit United States of Care and the investment firm Town Hall Ventures in 2018. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Slavitt has been on the front lines—working to acquire healthcare supplies for medical workers, helping to popularize #StayHome, and appearing on TV shows and podcasts to explain how we can flatten the curve.

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  • Andy Slavitt, “Why We Don’t Have Enough Coronavirus Tests,” Medium, 3/24/2020
  • Andy Slavitt, “The Severity of the Next Several Weeks Depends on Our Actions Now,” Medium, 3/22/2020
  • “What Is R0?: Gauging Contagious Infections,” Healthline


  • “Our Mission,” Project N95, 2020
  • “Summary of Comprehensive Congressional Proposal for COVID-19,” United States of Care, 3/23/2020
  • Andy Slavitt, “The Outcry From Nurses and Doctors Over the Lack of Protective Gear Will be the Major Story Next Week,” Medium, 3/17/2020


  • Andy Slavitt, “Coronavirus isn’t about Trump’s stock market and 2020 odds. Or at least it shouldn’t be,” USA Today, 3/2/2020
  • “Trump pushes a ‘return to work’ as Kudlow predicts coronavirus stimulus will fuel economic rebound,” CNBC, 3/24/2020


  • Sara Rosenbaum, “Medicaid’s Role in Caring for Flint: An Update,” Commonwealth Fund, 3/10/16
  • “CMS Announces $66.1 Million to Support Zika Prevention & Treatment Services,”, 11/9/2016
  • “Slavitt Says Goodbye to CMS Staff as Obama Administration Gives Way to Trump,” Healthcare Innovation, 1/20/2017
  • “The Man Who Saved Wants a Bipartisan Solution to Healthcare,” Washington Post, 3/16/2017
  • Trump Appears to Throw Shade at Obamacare Site While Announcing National Emergency,” Daily Beast, 3/13/2020
  • “Ex-Obama official fires back: Trump was left with ‘global health infrastructure,’” The Hill, 3/15/2020


  • Andy Slavitt on the Al Franken Podcast, 3/22/2020
  • Donald Trump on Mitt Romney’s Coronavirus Test, Twitter, 3/25/2020
  • “Sex and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19),”, 3/21/2020
  • Bill Gates, “The Next Outbreak? We’re Not Ready,” TED, 3/2015