Deina Bossa

 Deina Bossa
Mentor: Dr. Jill Herndon
College of Medicine
"Research allows us to gain a deeper understanding of the world and answer questions that perplex society. I became interested in health services research after noticing vast differences in spending between state Medicaid programs. I wanted to understand the reasons behind the differences and the implications this had on access to care. By getting involved in research in this area, I have gained a better understanding of healthcare policy decisions and their effects on society."


Interdisciplinary Studies; Biomedical Sciences; Economics



Research Interests

  • Medicaid
  • Healthcare Policy
  • Health Disparities

Academic Awards

  • UF University Scholars Program
  • Lombardi/Stamps Scholar
  • Wentworth Freshman Scholar
  • President's Honor Roll
  • Dean's List
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society


  • Multicultural Association of Pre-Health Students
  • Black Women's Image Initiative
  • Gator Pre-Medical Guide


  • Mobile Outreach Clinic
  • Shands Hospital
  • Bread of the Mighty Food Bank

Hobbies and Interests

  • Traveling
  • Family
  • Fitness

Research Description

State Medicaid Spending and the Uninsured
Established as part of the Social Security Amendments of 1965, Medicaid provides healthcare coverage to America’s low income families with children, pregnant women and disabled individuals. There are vast differences in per capita Medicaid spending between states which may signify differences in access to services. The highest spending state spends more than $2100 more per capita on Medicaid than the lowest spending state. Given this data, this study will examine whether differences in per capita Medicaid spending has an effect on the number of uninsured individuals within a state. This project may have important healthcare policy implications because one of the primary goals of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was to reduce the number of uninsured Americans by expanding state Medicaid programs.