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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.
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A proposed rule would disproportionately impact SNAP households with seniors.
A proposed rule could harm older Americans' health and financial security
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New Hampshire court found that work and community engagement requirements do not support the basic objective of the Medicaid program
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Utah's waiver policies would likely result in the loss of Medicaid coverage for significant numbers of low-income Utahans who rely on the program for health care
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Section 1115 of the Social Security Act allows the Secretary of Health and Human Services to waive certain Medicaid requirements and approve state proposals for experimental projects in programs. The waivers, intended to promote innovation, are not new. Historically, states have used them to cover new populations or implement delivery system reforms like providing services to people through managed care. But recently waivers have attracted attention—including from the mainstream media— as states have started using them in radically different ways. A prominent example involves states using waivers to obtain federal permission to condition receipt of Medicaid on work and work-alternative requirements. The issue is the subject of ongoing litigation.
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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In spite of the recent legal setbacks experienced by Kentucky and Arkansas, other states continue to seek federal approval of waivers that include work and work alternative requirements for Medicaid recipients
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You’ve probably heard of diabetes—but what about prediabetes? Prediabetes is a condition where blood sugar levels are high, but not high enough to qualify as diabetes. While almost half of older adults have prediabetes, nearly nine out of ten don’t know they have it. That’s why having this conversation is so important.
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Older adults want to maintain healthy teeth and gums as they age. They also want and need access to regular dental care, yet our survey found that many can’t afford it and are going without
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In March, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia reaffirmed its prior holding that the federal government cannot approve changes to state Medicaid programs that are not consistent with the central objective of the Medicaid program
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