Ryan Palugod, B.S. is a senior program assistant in the IOM Division of Health Care Services. Prior to joining the project staff in 2001, he worked as an administrative assistant with the American Association of Homes, Services for the Aging. He graduated with honors from Towson University in 1999 with a degree in health care management.
Hanns Kuttner, M.A. is a senior research associate with the Economic Research Initiative on the Uninsured, a research program on the causes and consequences of uninsurance funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and located at the University of Michigan. Mr. Kuttner is a Ph.D. candidate in the Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago, from which he already holds an M.A. Prior to his graduate studies, Mr. Kuttner was a research affiliate of the Governor’s Task Force on Human Services Reform in Illinois, a member of the domestic policy staff in the Office of Policy Development at the White House during the presidency of George H. W. Bush, and special assistant to the administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration.
M. Eugene Moyer, Ph.D. received his doctorate in economics from the University of Wisconsin. After teaching at the University of Illinois for four years, he joined the Department of Health, Education and Welfare in 1970. He was an economist with the Social Security Administration Office of Research and the Office of the Secretary in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) until his retirement from federal service in 1999. His work there included the modeling of national health insurance and other programmatic coverage expansions, and analyses of the status of uninsured persons from survey data. He served as a DHHS project officer and managed numerous actuarial and economic research projects for the Office of the Secretary. For several years, he calculated the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage, used to determine the amount of the federal government’s contribution toward state Medicaid expenditures. Recently he has been an economic consultant to DHHS, the University of Southern California, and the Institute of Medicine.
Elizabeth Richardson Vigdor, Ph.D. is assistant professor of public policy studies in the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University. Her research focuses on health economics, public economics, and applied microeconomics. She has co-authored several papers on the measurement and valuation of health in publications such as American Economic Review, Frontiers of Health Policy Research, and Brookings Papers on Economic Activity. Dr. Vigdor has a Ph.D. in Health Policy from Harvard University and a Master of Science in Health Policy and Management from Harvard School of Public Health.