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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.
For the 5.6 million adults ages 50 to 64 who are uninsured, this Open Enrollment Period offers an important opportunity to get coverage for 2024. For the over 5 million older adults already enrolled in individual coverage, it’s a good time to compare plan benefits, providers, and prices to find the best plan for them.
More stringent work requirements could burden older SNAP participants and result in loss of benefits and worsening food insecurity.
There is some good news for people with Medicare who suffer from mental health disorders, including those with depression.
As our nation’s largest anti-hunger program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is especially important alongside rising food prices, which are hitting low-income people hardest.
Rising food prices hit low-income people hardest. SNAP can help.
Rural residents ages 50 and older experienced higher rates of depression than urban residents in 2020 and estimates varied by race.
Food insecurity disproportionately hits Black and Hispanic older adults.
Recent research from AARP analyzed rural-urban and racial and ethnic disparities in rural areas, highlighting the complexity of rural health issues for older adults.
New report highlights importance of extending ARPA premium tax credit expansion.
Expanded tax credits mean many lower-income older adults are now eligible for free or low-cost health insurance coverage.
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