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Olivia Dean

Olivia Dean, MPH, is a senior policy advisor at the AARP Public Policy Institute. Her areas of expertise include public health, food insecurity, individual health coverage, and health equity. Read her full biography.
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.
Policy makers should take immediate steps to reduce the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black and Hispanic adults.
Rural areas are being hit hard by COVID-19. The CARES Act can help, but more will be needed.
SNAP, formerly "food stamps," needs additional investments and flexibility to respond to the pandemic.
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