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Lynda Flowers, JD, MSN, RN

Senior Strategic Policy Advisor

Areas of Expertise

Medicaid, dual eligibility, dual-eligible demonstrations, public health, prevention, health disparities, and health care quality.


Lynda Flowers is a senior policy advisor at the AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI). Her work at PPI focuses on Medicaid, dual eligibility, dual-eligible demonstration projects, public health, prevention, health disparities, and health care quality. Before joining AARP, Lynda held senior policy positions with the National Academy for State Health Policy and the Medical Assistance Administration of the Government of the District of Columbia (DC Medicaid). While at DC Medicaid, she developed the city’s first home- and community-based waiver for older adults and was the lead policy person on the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Previously, Lynda advised state legislators and state legislative staff members on Medicaid and immigration issues at the National Conference of State Legislatures. She has also worked for the League of Women Voters, where she was responsible for implementing a 50-state program—funded by the Kaiser Family Foundation—designed to engage consumers in the health reform debate.

Lynda is a member of the National Academy for Social Insurance. She represents AARP on the Medicaid Waiver Task Force, the Medicaid Task Force, the National Committee on Quality Assurance’s Overuse Measurement Advisory Panel, the Measure Application Coordinating Committee of the National Quality Forum, and the Consumer Advisory Council of the National Committee for Quality Assurance, and she previously representated AARP on the US Preventive Service Task Force. She is also co-chair of the Policy Committee of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable.

In Her Words

“The option to expand Medicaid gives states a cost-effective way to improve the health status of uninsured low-income people at a time in their lives when they are most likely to be developing chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke—conditions
that, left untreated, can result in costly deterioration in health status and premature death, and millions of dollars in uncompensated care costs for states.” (L. Flowers, “Health Reform Provides New Federal Money to Help States Expand Medicaid,” AARP PPI, 2008)

Selected Publications

L. Flowers and J. Accius, “New Medicaid Waiver Policies Can Lead to Loss of Coverage,” AARP Public Policy Institute, June 2019. 

L. Flowers, et al., “Medicare Spends More on Socially Isolated Older Adults,” AARP Public Policy Institute, November 2017.

L. Flowers, “Block Grants and Per Capita Caps Pose Risk for Medicaid Beneficiaries and for States,” AARP Public Policy Institute, February 2017.

L. Flowers, M. Buettgens, and J. Dev, “Transitioning from Medicaid Expansion Programs to Medicare: Making Sure Low-Income Medicare Beneficiaries Get Financial Help,” AARP Public Policy Institute, Washington, DC, 2014.

L. Flowers and M. Buettgens, “After the Supreme Court Decision: The Implications of Expanding Medicaid for Uninsured Low-Income Midlife Adults,” AARP Public Policy Institute, Washington, DC, 2013.

L. Flowers and C. Noel-Miller, “Colonoscopy Screening after the Affordable Care Act: Cost Barriers Persist for Medicare Beneficiaries,” AARP Public Policy Institute, Washington, DC, 2013.

L. Flowers, “Ready, Set, Go! The Readiness Review Process for Care Coordination and Provider Network Adequacy in Five States,” AARP Public Policy Institute, Washington, DC, 2013.

L. Flowers, “Improving Access to Care among Medicare Beneficiaries with Limited English Proficiency: Can Medicare Do More?,” AARP Public Policy Institute, Washington, DC, 2008.

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