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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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Rural areas are being hit hard by COVID-19. The CARES Act can help, but more will be needed.
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SNAP, formerly "food stamps," needs additional investments and flexibility to respond to the pandemic.
Recently passed legislation will allow food programs to ramp up home meal delivery.
Urban elderly
One in four older black and Hispanic Medicare beneficiaries is food insecure.
Innovation in health care is happening all around us. Read our four main takeaways from HLTH 2019.
Depressed Senior Adult Man With Stacks of Papers and Envelopes
A proposed rule would disproportionately impact SNAP households with seniors.
A proposed rule could harm older Americans' health and financial security
States are increasingly turning to reinsurance programs to improve their individual health insurance markets
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Are State Innovation Waivers harmful or helpful? It depends how states use them
The Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program helps older adults with prediabetes make the required lifestyle changes to prevent diabetes, but there are currently few providers available to meet the growing need for the program
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