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SAN FRANCISCO — Part of Andy Slavitt’s core mission at Town Hall Ventures is proving that health tech companies can make a viable business out of reaching low-income people who also face social challenges, like a lack of housing or nutritious food options. It’s a bold assertion that hasn’t been proven out yet, though a handful of Town Hall Ventures’ portfolio companies — including Unite Us and Alphabet spinout Cityblock  — have already achieved valuations over $1 billion.

The stakes are growing steadily higher, especially for the millions who signed up for Medicaid coverage during the public health emergency and who risk losing it as temporary expansions end. And by investing in teams they trust to embed in vulnerable communities, build culturally sensitive products, and develop sophisticated analytics to assess social needs, Slavitt and his team are hoping to set an example for other venture funds who have historically avoided Medicaid.

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