Lynda Flowers is a Senior Strategic Policy Advisor at the AARP Public Policy Institute. On June 22, she was a panelist at the policy forum, How Could Medicaid Reform Impact Access to Health Care and Long-term Services and Supports?, co-sponsored by the Academy and AARP. Medicaid, prevention, health care quality, and health-related disparities are her areas of focus as a professional.
"With compassion, strength, and dedication, Lynda has concentrated her knowledge, skills, and efforts for years on improving health care for individuals who are elderly, on Medicaid, or are underserved," said Academy Member Dr. Patricia McTaggart, Senior Advisor in Health Policy and Management at George Washington University.
Lynda Flowers received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Wisconsin. She received a certificate in Public Health Leadership at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill before attaining her J.D. from Golden Gate University and her M.S. in Nursing, specializing in Nursing Administration, from Georgetown University.
She began her career as the Health Care Project Director for The League of Women Voters. Afterwards, she became a Health Policy Associate for the National Conference of State Legislatures. In this role, she analyzed and tracked welfare reform, Medicaid, immigration, and other legislation. Flowers worked for the Government of the District of Columbia as part of the Department of Health and Medical Assistance Administration as a Medicaid Policy Analyst and eventually as Acting Director for the Office of Children, Youth, and Families. She was also Senior Policy Analyst at the National Academy for State Health Policy.
As Senior Strategic Policy Advisor for AARP, she identifies policy issues and develops policy options to address them in accordance with the AARP’s Social Impact Agenda. Flowers has authored many publications on health care policy. She has been an Academy member since 2008.
“It is one of the greatest joys of my adult life to have the privilege to work with other committed professionals to maintain and improve a program [Medicaid] that is critical to ensuring that low-income people have access to the health care and long-term services and support they need,” said Flowers. “I am excited every day to go to work!”
In her free time and after a 20-year hiatus, Flowers is “a returning piano student and making steady progress. However, working on defending Medicaid from steep cuts in the current health reform environment is taking a big bite out of my practice time, but it's worth it!”