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Lynda Flowers

Lynda Flowers is a senior strategic policy advisor at the AARP Public Policy Institute. Her areas of expertise include Medicaid, social determinants of health (including social isolation), oral health, and health prevention/promotion. Read her full biography.
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.
Black and Latino adults are far more likely to experience serious illness and death from COVID-19.
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Expanding Medicaid coverage in non-expansion states will provide access to needed health care and treatment for millions of adults during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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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.
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One in four older black and Hispanic Medicare beneficiaries is food insecure.
Lynda Flowers Medicaid Blog
A court once again has ruled against Arkansas’s attempt to condition Medicaid benefits on work requirements.
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Capped funding threatens to put all Medicaid enrollees in participating states at risk of losing access to needed care and services.
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