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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

Why Not the Older Americans Act?

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 11:33 AM

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 | 11:25 AM

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 | 6:09 PM

With the rollout of Obamacare and HealthCare.gov 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 | 5:40 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 | 3:58 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 | 1:23 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.

A...

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The Shame of Elder Abuse and the Silence of Washington

(4) Comments | Posted December 29, 2011 | 5:18 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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