The Panel on Measuring Medical Care Risk in Conjunction with the New Supplemental Income Poverty Measure acknowledges with appreciation the contributions of the many individuals who gave of their time and knowledge to this report.

Support for the study was provided by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Donald Oellerich, project officer for the study, was very helpful in providing relevant information and presenting at a workshop organized by the panel. In addition, David S. Johnson of the U.S. Census Bureau provided invaluable insights into the Census Bureau’s work on the measurement of poverty and its relationship with medical care out-of-pocket expenditures.

We acknowledge with appreciation the many people who participated in a workshop convened by the panel and contributed to its success. We thank all the presenters for their expert presentations and the participants for their stimulating and insightful comments and discussion. A summary of the workshop is in Part II of the report.

We are grateful to Jessica Banthin, Didem Bernard, John Czajka, Sarah Meier, and Barbara Wolfe, the authors of commissioned papers prepared for the study. These papers were used by panel and staff in drafting the report and are included in Part III of the report.

Members of the panel gave generously of their time and expert knowledge in the deliberations that produced this report. Their timely and thoughtful work in drafting written reviews of various issues in the report is gratefully acknowledged.

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