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Robert B. Blancato
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Bob Blancato is President of Matz, Blancato, & Associates, a firm integrating strategic consulting, government affairs, advocacy services and association and coalition management.

Currently Bob is National Coordinator of the non-partisan 850 member Elder Justice Coalition. He is also the Executive Director of the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs. In 2011 Bob was elected to the Boards of the American Society on Aging and the National Council on Aging. He serves on several other national and state boards.
From 2000-2006 Bob served as President of the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and remains on the Board. Bob also previously served on the Boards of the American Society on Aging, and the Greater Washington Urban League. In 2011 he completed a two year term as Chairman of the Commonwealth Council on Aging in his home state of Virginia.

Bob’s government service includes 17 years on the staff of the House Select Committee on Aging. In addition he was Executive Director of the 1995 White House Conference on Aging appointed by President Clinton and on the Policy and Executive Committee for the 2005 Conference appointed by Rep. Nancy Pelosi.

Bob is the recipient of a number of national, state and local awards for advocacy and service including those from NASUAD, N4A, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Older Women’s League and several national elder abuse associations.

Bob holds a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University and a Masters of Public Administration from American University. He has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Maryland Graduate School of Social Work, the Erickson School at UMBC, and George Washington University.

Entries by Robert B. Blancato

2016: The Year to Go Long in D.C.

(6) Comments | Posted January 6, 2016 | 12:59 PM

The start of the New Year brings the resumption of the 114th Congress and the start of the NFL playoff season, both of which contribute to one idea: "going long." In football, "going long" down the field moves the ball forward and sometimes scores touchdowns. We should encourage President Obama,...

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Malnutrition: The New Senior Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 1:55 PM

This week, September 28-October 2, 2015, is Malnutrition Awareness Week. It is an opportunity to spotlight a growing but under-recognized problem facing older adults in America: the hidden epidemic of malnutrition. What is malnutrition? Simply stated, it means poor nutrition. It is related to an excessive...

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A White House Conference on Aging: Aren't We All?

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 3:55 PM

On Monday, July 13, I will have the honor of attending the 2015 White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) at the White House featuring President Obama. It will be the fourth White House Conference I have attended, including my appointment by President Clinton to serve as Executive Director of the...

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Senior Malnutrition: A National Nutrition Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 5:18 PM

March is National Nutrition Month, a "nutrition education and information campaign created annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics which focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits." All Americans should observe this month but one group...

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It's Time to Invest in Nutrition

(1) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 11:40 AM

Monday's release of President Obama's Fiscal Year 2016 budget has sparked a lot of discussion this week. It has been both praised and panned for being bold and for recognizing that we have turned a corner and can begin to think about investments in important domestic programs.


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Why Not the Older Americans Act?

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 12:33 PM

The American public's cynicism about Washington can diminish when bipartisanship prevails and bills become law. The most recent example of this was the signing into law of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act by President Obama yesterday, July 22. There are earlier examples including the reauthorizations of the Violence Against...

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When Love Hurts: The Heartbreak of Elder Abuse

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 12:25 PM

Valentine's Day is a time to acknowledge the loved ones in our lives. These relationships include not only a partner or spouse, but also the love between a parent and child. This relationship can be a wonderful experience.

But love can also hurt. There is the father who slaps his...

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Why Medicare Part D Worked When Many Said It Wouldn't

(2) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 7:09 PM

With the rollout of Obamacare and under fire, it has focused attention on a previous rollout that had early problems and doubts and is now recognized as a great success: the Medicare prescription drug benefit (or Part D). They are similar in that both represent large, new government programs...

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Medicare Part D Is Working for Seniors

(8) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 6:40 PM

Since its enactment 10 years ago, the Medicare prescription drug benefit, also known as Part D, has been one of the federal government's greatest successes. By just about any metric, Part D has exceeded expectations. More than 30 million Americans have affordable access to medications through the program. Overall costs...

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Violence Against Older Women and the Elder Justice Act

(2) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 4:58 PM

I join many hundreds of advocates in commending Congressional passage of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA). When President Obama signs it into law, it will mark the successful end of a difficult legislative process.

At the same time as I laud the passage of VAWA, I...

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Part D "Rebates" Go Against the Spirit of the Medicare Program

(1) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 2:23 PM

As the debate around avoiding the fiscal cliff intensifies, older Americans are increasingly concerned about how any down-to-the-wire decisions could impact their health care. Especially concerning is that Congress might consider another round of cuts that could jeopardize the successful Medicare prescription drug benefit known as Part D.


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The Shame of Elder Abuse and the Silence of Washington

(4) Comments | Posted December 29, 2011 | 6:18 PM

As we close the holiday season, we are reminded that one sad reality, elder abuse, takes no holiday. In fact, recent studies show that abuse of older adults, especially financial abuse, increases dramatically during the holiday season. Today, more than one in ten older adults will...

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