When Might You Get the COVID-19 Shot?
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Vaccine distribution is off to a rocky start. While some states are exceeding expectations, others continue to lag behind. This week we grade America’s pandemic response to this point and vaccine distribution. Pandemic preparedness and biodefense expert, and Former Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary, Tevi Troy joins the show to explain where the country passes and fails in its COVID-19 response. 

And in our new segment to give legal help to patients, Shelly Rosenfeld of the Cancer Legal Resource Center gives caregivers tips for navigating time off and understanding caregiver duty. 


Tevi Troy

Former Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Tevi Troy is a best-selling presidential historian, and a former senior government official. His latest book is Fight House: Rivalries in the White House, from Truman to Trump.

On August 3, 2007, Dr. Troy was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As Deputy Secretary, Dr. Troy was the chief operating officer of the largest civilian department in the federal government, with a budget of $716 billion and over 67,000 employees.

Dr. Troy has extensive White House experience, having served in several high-level positions over a five-year period, culminating in his service as Deputy Assistant and then Acting Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy.

In addition to his senior level government work and health care expertise, Dr. Troy is also a presidential historian, making him one of only a handful of historians who has both studied the White House as a historian and worked there at the highest levels. 

Dr. Troy has a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and an M.A and Ph.D. in American Civilization from the University of Texas at Austin.


Terry Wilcox, Executive Director, Patients Rising

Dr. Robert Goldberg, “Dr. Bob”, Co-Founder and Vice President of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest.

Kate Pecora, Field Correspondent 


Tevi Troy

Fight House: Rivalries in the White House from Truman to Trump

Shall We Wake the President?: Two Centuries of Disaster Management from the Oval Office

HHS Regulations with Enduring Impact on Pricing and Reimbursement of Medical Services and Technologies

Shelly Rosenfeld

Cancer Legal Resource Center

American Cancer Society Caregiver Resources

Cancer Support Community

Caregiver Action Network

Who Cares for the Alzheimer's Caregivers?

From Wife to Caregiver

Patients Rising Concierge 

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