Formal Bio

Howard Gleckman is the author of Caring for Our Parents: Inspiring Stories of Families Seeking New Solutions to America’s Most Urgent Health Care Crisis, published by St. Martin’s Press in June, 2009.

Mr. Gleckman is a Resident Fellow at The Urban Institute and editor of the Tax Policy Center’s blog, TaxVox. He is a member of the Board of Trustees at Suburban Hospital (Bethesda, MD) and co-chair of its Medical Quality Committee. He is member of the Board of The Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington and is senior advisor to Caring from a Distance, a non-profit organization that provides Web-based and telephone assistance to long-distance caregivers. A veteran journalist, Mr. Gleckman was senior correspondent in the Washington bureau of Business Week, where he covered health and elder care, as well as tax and budget issues, for nearly 20 years. He was a 2003 National Magazine Award finalist for a series of Business Week articles entitled The Coming Revolution in Health Care.

He began the research for Caring for Our Parents as a 2006-2007 Media Fellow at the Kaiser Family Foundation, and was a 2006-2008 Visiting Fellow at the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College.

He has appeared on CNN, CNBC, C-Span, NPR, Fox Business News, and the BBC, and been a guest on the Diane Rehm Show, To the Point, Here and Now, and Marketplace. He has spoken to AARP, The Gerontological Society of America, The National Council on Aging and the American Society on Aging, the National Academy of Elder Care Attorneys, Academy Health, and the Society of Actuaries. He has also lectured at The Maxwell School (Syracuse University) and George Mason University. He is a frequent panelist and moderator for programs at The Urban Institute, The Heritage Foundation, The American Enterprise Institute, New America Foundation, Center for American Progress, Center on Budget & Policy Priorities, Practicing Law Institute, and the National League of Cities.

He has written on long-term care and elder care for many publications, including The Washington Post, USA Today, Kaiser Health News, Kiplinger’s Retirement Report, the AARP Bulletin, and Health Progress. He has written the chapter on long-term care provisions of the 2010 health reform law in Landmark: The Inside Story of America’s New Health Law and What it Means for Us All (Public Affairs, 2010) and for “Universal Coverage of Long-Term Care in the U.S.: Can We Get There from Here” (Russell Sage Foundation, forthcoming)

Mr. Gleckman was born in Providence, R.I. He has a B.A. degree in Political Science from American University in Washington, D.C. He lives in Kensington, Maryland with his wife, Ann Kline, who is a hospice chaplain and the author of the comic novel The Ride to Dinah’s Wedding.