Andy Slavitt has been a healthcare leader in both the private and public sector for decades, and has shaped some of the country’s most significant and successful healthcare initiatives. Under President Barack Obama, he served as acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services from March 2015 to January 2017, where he oversaw programs that provide access to quality healthcare for 140 million Americans, including Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Health Insurance Marketplace.
Mr. Slavitt entered the public spotlight in October 2013, when the Obama administration asked him to lead the turnaround of Healthcare.gov. His tenure at CMS was marked by the successful execution of a number of new large programs — the Affordable Care Act, the shift to pay-for-value payment models, and the implementation of MACRA. Under Mr. Slavitt’s leadership, the U.S. healthcare system saw record reductions in the uninsured rate, nationwide improvements in quality, record-low cost growth, and a rebirth of private-sector innovation and progress.
Mr. Slavitt’s ability to spearhead complex management challenges stems from over two decades of experience as a leader in the healthcare and technology private sector. Throughout his career, his work has centered on improving the consumer experience and access to care; new care delivery models; health equity; data and technology; and program integrity. From 2003 to 2013, he worked at UnitedHealth Group, eventually serving as group executive vice president for Optum, where he oversaw the delivery of clinical, technology, and operational solutions to healthcare clients and consumers. During his time at Optum, the company grew by tens of billions of dollars in revenue. Mr. Slavitt served in a number of different capacities to help drive that growth, including as CEO of OptumInsight, and as overseer of mergers and acquisitions, corporate strategy, marketing, international business, and business integration.
Mr. Slavitt founded and served as CEO of HealthAllies, a technology-based consumer healthcare company that served uninsured or underinsured Americans through an online marketplace. He was also a consultant with McKinsey & Company and an investment banker with Goldman Sachs.
Mr. Slavitt has helped lead a number of national priorities, from former Vice President Joe Biden's Cancer Moonshot Task Force to President Obama's National Heroin Task Force. He has served in a number of leadership and board capacities in public, private, and nonprofit organizations in healthcare, education, and the arts. Mr. Slavitt has been recognized as one of the 10 most influential people in healthcare by Modern Healthcare, and has received similar recognition from other healthcare and technology publications and organizations. He appears frequently in the media and is viewed as a nonpartisan explainer of complex healthcare topics, including on his Twitter feed.
Mr. Slavitt lives in Minnesota with his family. He is a graduate of the Wharton School and the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, and received an MBA from Harvard Business School.