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2016 - American Political Science Association Annual Meeting Pages: unavailable || Words: unavailable || 
1. Wilk, Adam., Evans, Leigh. and Jones, David. "Extending the Fee Bump: Expanding Medicaid Access without Expanding Medicaid?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, TBA, Philadelphia, PA, Sep 01, 2016 <Not Available>. 2020-02-22 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) included a provision to encourage more physicians to accept Medicaid so that the large numbers of newly insured people would be able to get care. The Medicaid “fee bump” hiked Medicaid reimbursement rates for primary care services in 2013-2014, making them temporarily equal to Medicare levels.

Congress has shown little interest in renewing the increase, putting pressure on states to keep reimbursement levels high. Eighteen states have chosen to maintain elevated fees, including nine keeping fees at or above Medicare levels. Most states extending the fee increases also expanded Medicaid, but six states paradoxically have extended the fee bump despite rejecting Medicaid expansion.

This presents an interesting political puzzle. Why would these states advance part of the ACA at the same time that they are defiantly opposing other parts? We investigate how states made decisions about extending the fee bump. We examine the extent to which these decisions were motivated by budget considerations, politics, physician fee schedule revision procedures, and other factors. Was the fee bump opposed due to its association with Obamacare? Or was it a low visibility way of appeasing providers frustrated by the lack of expansion?

We selected four non-expansion states (Maine, Mississippi, Nebraska, and South Carolina) that extended the fee bump and four comparison states (Georgia, Kansas, New Hampshire, and North Carolina) that were similar in political variables, Medicaid program parameters, and geographic region but did not extend the fee bump. Georgia increased its reimbursement levels during our study and therefore changed categories. We used a snowball sampling approach to conduct semi-structured interviews with legislators, Medicaid officials, leaders of provider organizations, and Medicaid managed care organization leaders.

Our findings will inform the understanding of how states are navigating anti-Obamacare sentiment while taking steps to improve access in Medicaid. State procedures for setting Medicaid fee schedules are remarkably opaque. Our analysis sheds light on this important process and how it affects policy outcomes.

2015 - RSA Annual Meeting Words: 144 words || 
2. Gianico, Marilina. "Expanding Language, Expanding Culture: Re-Creating Classical Texts and Images" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the RSA Annual Meeting, Humboldt University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany, <Not Available>. 2020-02-22 <>
Publication Type: Panel Paper
Abstract: In its rediscovery of the classical heritage, the Renaissance seems to act as a translator in the Latin sense of" trans-ferre" or "trans- ducere" so expanding the "text" of European culture. This works not only in verbal transposition from one language to another, but also in the transport of "images" (visual scenes and creations as transmitted by texts as in Philostratus the Elder’s ekphrasis and the Younger’s Eikones or in scenes described by Ovid, Apuleius or Catullus. This study will concentrate on two examples of the many mythoi “translated” by Renaissance artists and humanists: the story of Acis and Galatea and that of Eros and Psyche. Both are found in famous pictorial cycles, the Villa Farnesina and in the Palazzo del Te. These cycles allow for useful comparison in terms of Renaissance literary and visual translation. This Talk will be given in Italian.

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