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Olivia Dean

Olivia Dean, MPH, is a policy research senior analyst at the AARP Public Policy Institute. Her areas of expertise include public health, health disparities, private coverage, and emerging health trends. Read her full biography.
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Expanded tax credits mean many lower-income older adults are now eligible for free or low-cost health insurance coverage.
Now that we are reaching a point where the U.S. has an adequate supply of COVID-19 vaccines, officials must consider how to identify and reach older adults who remain unvaccinated, particularly those who want but have been unable to access a vaccine.
Recent federal actions improve access to affordable health insurance.
Health coverage is unaffordable for many older adults. Extending tax credits would help.
Nearly half of Americans ages 65+ have prediabetes, but most don't know it.
The pandemic is disproportionately impacting Native Americans, but the full extent is unknown due to a lack of data.
Here’s what we know about older SNAP households and what they need at this point to weather the pandemic.
Increased need calls for higher SNAP benefits during COVID-19.
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Policy makers should take immediate steps to reduce the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black and Hispanic adults.
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Rural areas are being hit hard by COVID-19. The CARES Act can help, but more will be needed.
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