Lynda Flowers is an AARP Public Policy Institute expert on Medicaid, health disparities and prevention/public health.

La importancia de servir en otros idiomas en los centros de cuidado a largo plazo

En inglés | La Oficina del Censo de EE. UU. calcula que 55.4 millones de personas en Estados Unidos hablan un idioma diferente al inglés cuando están en el hogar. Además del español, un número cada vez mayor de personas en EE. UU. habla portugués, ruso, hindi, chino, vietnamita, tagalo, árabe y otros idiomas. Esto representa un salto del 140% desde 1980. La Oficina del Censo también predice que Estados Unidos continuará siendo una nación con diversidad lingí¼í­stica y el …

The Importance of Language Access in Community-Based Long-Term Care Settings

En español | The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that 55.4 million Americans speak a language other than English when they are at home. In addition to Spanish, growing numbers of Americans speak Portuguese, Russian, Hindi, Chinese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Arabic and other languages. This represents a 140 percent jump since 1980. The Census Bureau also predicts that the United States will continue to be a linguistically diverse nation and home to large numbers of people with limited English proficiency (LEP). This …

States Can Smooth the Transition from Medicaid to Medicare

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) created an additional set of rules governing Medicaid eligibility. These new rules and the traditional rules interact in ways that can significantly affect low-income Medicare beneficiaries. States need to understand what’s at stake. The ACA makes it easier for low-income individuals to qualify for Medicaid by using much simpler rules for counting income, called the modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) rules. People who qualify for the Medicaid expansion under the ACA are referred to as …

Protecting Consumers in Dual Eligible Demonstration Projects

The Federal Office of Medicare and Medicaid Coordination has entered into agreements with six states-CA, IL, MA, OH, VA, and WA- to test models that integrate services and financing for persons eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid (dual eligibles or duals).  The initiative’s goal is to ensure that duals have access to seamless, high quality cost-effective health care. This is important because some of the duals are the most chronically ill and costly individuals in Medicare and Medicaid, many having …

Medicaid Expansion Would Help Many Midlife Adults

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that states cannot be forced under the Affordable Care Act to expand their Medicaid programs to cover more uninsured adults.  But states have the option to do this and there are a number of compelling reasons why state policymakers should consider taking this step. According to a recent report co-authored by Lynda Flowers of the AARP Public Policy Institute and Matthew Beuttgens of the Urban Institute, close to 4 million uninsured midlife adults – ages 45 to 64 – …