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Licy Do Canto Talks Health Disparities, Health IT, and Lessons for Starting a DC Consulting Firm

WashingTech Policy Podcast

September 12, 2017

The TDG President talks with Host Joe Miller about improving the lives of underserved communities through Health IT, and launching a successful public policy firm in Washington DC.

Do Canto Cautions 2020 Dem Hopefuls on Single Payer Rhetoric

The Hill

September 4, 2017

As Senators introduce Single Payer Health Bill, TDG President urges caution. "We recently learned all too well the dangers of rhetorically flying into a box canyon on policy.”

Do Canto Talks CHIP, Extenders with Inside Health Policy

Inside Health Policy

September 8, 2017

Do Canto said disaster relief deal, CHIP renewal makes the job of lobbying for extenders more difficult. “A lot of harm can happen when you have large legislative packages in December.”

Do Canto Says Offsets in House Home Visiting Bill Pose a Problem for Advocates

Inside Health Policy

August 10, 2017

“It’s not unusual in advocacy to be offered all of what you are seeking in legislation but then don’t like the way in which it’s proposed to be paid for,” said Do Canto.

TDG President Appointed Chair of Health Committee of Mass. Black Advisory Commission


June 27, 2017

MA Gov. Charlie Baker appoints Do Canto Chair of the Economic Well Being Committee of the state's Black Advisory Commission, addressing issues affecting the state’s black community.

Congress Highlights Success of TDG Client, Nurse Family Partnership, to Combat Poverty in Nation’s Poor Children and Families

US House Ways & Means

March 15, 2017

US House Ways & Means Panel today underscored the success of the federal evidence-based home visiting program to produce positive results for children and families.

Do Canto Group President Weighs in on Congressional Effort to Repeal Affordable Care Act

Financial Times

March 14, 2017

“There is abundant indication that there is dislike if not straight-up opposition to the bill with the more [conservative] elements of the party,” said Licy Do Canto, head of the Do Canto Group, a public policy consulting group.

TDG President to Advise Governor on Issues Affecting Black Communities in Massachusetts


February 23, 2017

MA Gov. Charlie Baker appoints Do Canto to state's Black Advisory Commission to address issues affecting the state’s black community, focusing on economic prosperity and public-private partnership opportunities.

Historic Community Health Center Partners with The Do Canto Group


February 15, 2017

The East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, one of the nation’s oldest and largest community health centers, serving Boston’s underserved communities, has partnered with TDG to help bolster its strategic advocacy work before the Congress and Administration.

Prominent Disability Provider Organization Enlists the Support of The Do Canto Group

January 1, 2017

A collaboration of Rhode Island’s largest providers of developmental disability services for the Ocean State’s most vulnerable communities, The Keystone Group, has teamed up with TDG to help strengthen its crisis preparedness and communications efforts.

Do Canto Group President Comments on Lobbying under new Trump Administration

Bloomberg Law

November 16, 2017

Do Canto said trade associations, advocacy groups and other clients will need help navigating what he termed “a new world order” and the uncertainty associated with a freshly minted government. “The swamp will still be filled with individuals that are helpful to this administration.”

Do Canto Honored for 7th Consecutive Year as a Top Lobbyist in Washington DC

The Hill

October 26, 2016

With disadvantaged communities as his main focus, Do Canto brings two decades of Washington experience to the table when fighting for public health initiatives.

Prominent NY Foundations Enlist TDG to Lead Effort to Bring Together NY Health Care Workforce on Common Agenda

New York State Health Foundation

October 1, 2016

With a collective endowment of nearly $1 billion, the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York, New York State Health Foundation, and John R Oishei Foundation, have teamed up with TDG to help foster greater statewide collaboration of the state’s community health workforce.

The Do Canto Group Trains New England’s Health Care Advocates

New England Council

July 4, 2016

The DoCanto Group is working to help improve and expand access to health care in New England. The firm was recently tapped by the Connecticut Health Foundation to develop and implement a program to train the Nutmeg State’s next generation of health care leaders.

Jessica Seinfeld Highlights Transformative Work of TDG Client

The Huffington Post

June 6, 2016

Seinfeld calls Do Canto Group Client, The Nurse Family Partnership, one of her favorite partners, describing it as a program of "heroic nurses teaching pregnant women how to get ready for a baby".

Bipartisan Call for NFP Expansion in the Fight Against Poverty

Washington Post

April 5, 2016

Former Sen. Kennedy, Gov. Romney aides highlight the impact of TDG client, The Nurse-Family Partnership, and ask if working with poor moms helps kids, why don’t we do more of it.

Do Canto Group President Cautions Not to Underestimate Trump Candidacy


March 1, 2016

Do Canto says it would be a mistake for Democrats to underestimate Donald Trump’s ability to win the White House. “Given what we’ve seen thus far, anything is possible in this race. It’s very possible that he could win.”

CT’s Largest Health Foundation Teams Up with The Do Canto Group

CT Health

January 6, 2016

With an endowment of more than $100 million, the Connecticut Health Foundation has partnered with TDG to help it design a statewide diverse advocacy leadership program to drive and expand health equity in the state.

Do Canto Honored for 6th Consecutive Year as a Top Lobbyist in the Nation’s Capital

The Hill

October 29, 2015

"An ardent defender of public health programs” who “makes disadvantaged communities his main focus,” Licy is whom “groups enlist when they need to get something done."

Preeminent NY Health Foundation Enlists the Support of The Do Canto Group


October 1, 2015

With an endowment of more than $110 million, the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York has teamed up with TDG to help it define an investment strategy on community health for vulnerable regions of the state.

Do Canto Group President Licy Do Canto Comments on Redistricting Reform Legislation in Congress

The Hill

August 29, 2015

Do Canto says it is unsurprising for a party in the minority to seek ways to change congressional redistricting. “When you're on the receiving end, you go out and look for a way to change the process.”

Leading RI Disability Trade Association Teams Up with The DoCanto Group


July 1, 2015

The Community Provider Network of Rhode Island, aimed at fighting for RI’s intellectually and developmentally disabled, has partnered with TDG to help with strategic counsel in its work before state government and in the region.

DoCanto Group President Licy Do Canto Comments on the Influence of Congressional Endorsements in Presidential Campaigns

The Hill

July 3, 2015

DoCanto says the real challenge facing the democratic field is not securing congressional endorsements but in building a national profile to rival Hillary Clinton.

TDG Client, the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR), Leads Bipartisan Legislative Effort to Expand Support for People with Disabilities

Disability Scoop

June 19, 2015

ANCOR together with a bipartisan group of senators is looking to provide financial incentives to states for helping people with disabilities live and work in the community.

TDG client, Nurse Family Partnership, Helps Lead Nationwide Effort to Preserve Early Ed Program

March 3, 2015

More than 700 organizations, elected officials ask Congress to extend funding for program that improves the health and development of young children.

Mass. Governor Patrick Appoints Do Canto Group President to State Commission

Ernestina.Org News

November 14, 2014

Governor Deval Patrick Names Licy Do Canto to the MA Schooner Ernestina Commission, dedicated to Preserving the State’s Official Sailing Vessel.

Mr. President, Congress: People with disabilities need your help, Says Do Canto Group Client

The Hill

November 10, 2015

American Network of Community Options & Resources CEO Barbara Merrill Urges President Obama, Congress to Do More for the Disabled

DoCanto Honored for 5th Consecutive Year as a Top Lobbyist in Washington DC By The Hill

The Hill

October 22, 2014

Described as “an ardent defender of public health programs” who “makes disadvantaged communities his main focus,” Licy is a “name to know in the competitive world of Washington advocacy.”

TDG client, First Focus, Testifies Before Congress on Importance of Children’s Health Program

New York Times

September 17, 2014

Prominent Kids Group president, Bruce Lesley, argues for the critical need for the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Do Canto Group President Welcomes Jo Ann Jenkins, Newly Appointed AARP CEO and TDG Client

USA Today

September 1, 2014

Jo Ann Jenkins is chief executive officer of the world’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to social change and helping people 50-plus.

The Do Canto Group Leads Successful Effort to Preserve Care for Nation's Brain Injured Veterans

Wall Street Journal

July 28, 2014

Congressional negotiators agreed Monday to extend a government program that funds assisted-living homes for veterans suffering from traumatic brain injuries.

Licy DoCanto Selected to Serve on Prominent Adolescent Healthcare Advisory Board

NYS Health

April 15, 2014

Alongside the NYS Health Foundation and Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, experts from across federal and state agencies, health policy and philanthropy will seek to develop a national blueprint on adolescent health for vulnerable youth.

Do Canto Group President Joins President Obama, Latino Americans for Historic Town Hall on Health Reform


March 6, 2014

The Newseum was the site of a historic town hall with President Barack Obama and an audience of Latino Americans discussing the Affordable Care Act.

TDG Client Partners with President Obama to Launch Opportunity for Boys and Young Men of Color.

New York Times

February 27, 2014

The California Endowment joined President Obama as he spoke about the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative to help young minority men.

TDG client highlighted for care to brain-injured veterans

Wall Street Journal

February 19, 2014

Boston-based human-services company, The MENTOR Network, excels in care to returning veterans facing physical and mental challenges.

DoCanto Group Organizes Bipartisan Briefing with Congressional Children’s Caucus, Advocates

First Focus

December 10, 2013

Together with prominent kids group First Focus, TDG organized a panel discussion on child well being sponsored by Reps. Jackson-Lee (D) and Ros-Lehtinen (R), and the CLC.

DoCanto Comments on Problems with


October 31, 2013

White House will fix website problems, says DoCanto, but issues around it have “impacted decision-making” for groups trying to support Obamacare.”

The Hill Dubs Licy DoCanto Top Lobbyist in Washington DC Fourth Year in a Row<

The Hill

October 30, 2013

The former aide to Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) and the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) has “a proven ability to make things happen in Washington.”

DoCanto to Moderate ACA Panel Discussion of Experts

American Network of Community Options and Resources

September 20, 2013

Licy DoCanto will moderate a highly respected panel of health care experts on health reform implications for employers.

DoCanto to Participate in Panel on Campaigns and Coalitions

America's Essential Hospitals

September 5, 2013

Licy DoCanto will participate in a panel discussion on successful campaigns and coalitions sponsored by America’s Essential Hospitals in Washington DC in September.

DoCanto Group Teams Up with The Kennedy Forum

The Kennedy Forum

September 4, 2013

The Kennedy Forum, aimed at uniting mental health advocates, has partnered with The DoCanto Group to help with planning for their inaugural conference in Boston this fall.

DoCanto Interviews Medicaid Expert on Proposed Medicaid Changes

National Advocacy Campaign

February 15, 2013

Licy DoCanto will interview Andy Schneider, Former Chief Health Counsel to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, on the implications of Medicaid Per Capita Caps.

DoCanto Says Certainty is Needed on Health Exchanges

Politico Pro

November 8, 2013

Tuesday’s election ensures that President Barack Obama’s health care law marches on — but once again, its success is at the mercy of the states.

DoCanto Weighs in on ACA Medicaid Payment Hike

Politico Pro

November 6, 2012

An Affordable Care Act program that provides two years of higher Medicaid rates to primary care doctors is scheduled to start in a couple of months — and health care groups in Washington are already trying to build a case for making the rates permanent.

The Hill Dubs Licy DoCanto Top Lobbyist in Washington DC Third Year in a Row

The Hill

October 31, 2012

The Hill’s annual list of the stars of Washington’s Lobbying Corps… the former aide to Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) and the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) is highly regarded healthcare lobbyist.

DoCanto to Moderate Post-Election Panel Discussion of Experts

October 22, 2012

Licy DoCanto will moderate a highly respected panel of health care and political experts on the aftermath of the 2012 election.

Leading Medicaid Trade Group Enlists the Support of The DoCanto Group

The Hill

October 1, 2012

The American Network of Community Options and Resources, the prominent trade group for disabled services providers, has turned to The DoCanto Group for assistance.

Do Canto Group Organizes Social Security Reform Discussions with Top Officials

Huffington Post

March 16, 2012

The senior citizens lobby AARP on Monday will kick off a national Social Security and Medicare "listening tour" called "You’ve Earned a Say and We’re Listening." Through "town halls, community conversations, bus tours and other events," the influential organization promises to offer members a chance to speak out..."

Do Canto Remarks on Medicaid Waiver Rule


October 24, 2011

Medicaid advocates are pushing the Obama administration to issue a long-delayed final rule requiring states to provide greater transparency as they seek federal permission to make substantial changes to their Medicaid programs.

The Hill Dubs Licy Do Canto Top Lobbyist Second Year in Row

The Hill

October 5, 2011

The Hill's list of the stars of Washington's "downtown" firms…the former aide to Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) is a highly regarded healthcare lobbyist.

Licy Do Canto Questions Proposed Medicaid Cuts by CA Governor Jerry Brown


August 30, 2011

California provider groups say the state is intentionally keeping them in the dark about how major proposed cuts to the state’s Medicaid program will affect access to care.

Licy Do Canto Talks Super Committee with Inside Health Policy

Inside Health Policy

August 18, 2011

Health policy sources tell Inside Health Policy that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) appointments to the debt limit law's joint committee, while not surprising, reinforce earlier speculation that the panel will have a difficult time crafting a $1.2 trillion budget-cutting deal...

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Licy Do Canto to Launch New Public Relations Firm

Raben Group News

October 18, 2010

The Raben Group announced today that Licy M. Do Canto, a principal and co-director of the firm’s health and education practice group, will be founding The Do Canto Group…