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In the various roles he has undertaken through the years, Val J. Halamandaris has been a singular driving force behind the policy and program initiatives resulting in the recognition of home health care as a viable alternative to institutionalization. His dedication to consumer advocacy, which enhances the quality of life and dignity of those receiving home health care, merits VNA HealthCare Group’s highest recognition and deepest respect. 

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VNA HealthCare Group

I have the highest respect for them, especially for the nurses, aides and therapists, who devote their lives to caring for people with disabilities, the infirm and dying Americans.  There are few more noble professions.

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President Barack Obama

Home health care agencies do such a wonderful job in this country helping people to be able to remain at home and allowing them to receive services

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U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) Chair, Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee

Heath care at home…is something we need more of, not less of.  Let us make a commitment to preventive and long-term care.  Let us encourage home care as an alternative to nursing homes and give folks a little help to have their parents there.

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Former President Bill Clinton

Home care is a combination of compassion and efficiency.  It is less expensive than institutional care...but at the same time it is a more caring, human, intimate experience, and therefore it has a greater human element...it’s a big mistake not to try to maximize it and find ways to give people the home care option over either nursing homes, hospitals or other institutions

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Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich (R-GA)

Medicaid covers long-term care, but only for low-income families.  And Medicare only pays for care that is connected to a hospital discharge....our health care system must cover these vital services...[and] we should promote home-based care, which most people prefer, instead of the institutional care that we emphasize now.

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Former U.S. Senator Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-CD)

We need incentives to...keep people in home health care settings...It’s dramatically less expensive than long term care.

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U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ)

 

Home care is clearly the wave of the future. It’s clearly where patients want to be cared for. I come from an ethnic family and when a member of our family is severely ill, we would never consider taking them to get institutional care. That’s true of many families for both cultural and financial reasons. If patients have a choice of where they want to be cared for, where it’s done the right way, they choose home.

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Donna Shalala, former Secretary of Health and Human Services

A couple of years ago, I spent a little bit of time with the National Association for Home Care & Hospice and its president, Val J. Halamandaris, and I was just blown away. What impressed me so much was that they talked about what they do as opposed to just the strategies of how to deal with Washington or Sacramento or Albany or whatever the case may be. Val is a fanatic about care, and it comes through in every way known to mankind. It comes through in the speakers he invites to their events; it comes through in all the stuff he shares.

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Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence

Val’s home care organization brings thousands of caregivers together into a dynamic organization that provides them with valuable resources and tools to be even better in their important work. He helps them build self-esteem, which leads to self-motivation.

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Mike Vance, former Dean of Disney and author of Think Out of the Box

Val is one of the greatest advocates for seniors in America. He goes beyond the call of duty every time.

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Arthur S. Flemming, former Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare

Val has brought the problems, the challenges, and the opportunities out in the open for everyone to look at. He is a visionary pointing the direction for us. 

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Margaret (Peg) Cushman, Professor of Nursing and former President of the Visiting Nurses Association

Although Val has chosen to stay in the background, he deserves much of the credit for what was accomplished both at the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, where he was closely associated with me and at the House Select Committee on Aging, where he was Congressman Claude Pepper’s senior counsel and closest advisor. He put together more hearings on the subject of aging, wrote more reports, drafted more bills, and had more influence on the direction of events than anyone before him or since.

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Frank E. Moss, former U.S. Senator

Val’s most important contribution is pulling together all elements of home health care and being able to organize and energize the people involved in the industry.

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Frank E. Moss, former U.S. Senator

Anyone working on health care issues in Congress knows the name Val J. Halamandaris.

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Kathleen Gardner Cravedi, former Staff Director of the House Select Committee on Aging

Without your untiring support and active participation, the voices of people advocating meaningful and compassionate health care reform may not have been heard by national leaders.

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Michael Sullivan, Former Executive Director, Indiana Association for Home Care

All of us have been members of many organizations and NAHC is simply the best there is. NAHC aspires to excellence in every respect; its staff has been repeatedly honored as the best in Washington; the organization lives by the highest values and has demonstrated a passionate interest in the well-being of patients and providers.

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Elaine Stephens, Director of Home Care of Steward Home Care/Steward Health Systems and former NAHC C

Home care increasingly is one of the basic building blocks in the developing system of long-term care.  On both economic and recuperative bases, home health care will continue to grow as an essential service for individuals, for families and for the community as a whole.

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Former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME)

NCOA is excited to be part of this great event and honored to have such influential award winners in the field of aging.

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National Council of Aging

Key Issues Affecting Home Care and Hospice Highlighted in Opening General Session for March on Washington | Private Duty Integrated Conference and Exposition

March 18, 2013 12:45 PM
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NAHC’s annual March on Washington | Private Duty Integrated Conference and Exposition got underway Sunday afternoon with a general session that highlighted the many issues that the home care and hospice community face, and why this year is so critical for the industry overall. With sequestration in effect for Medicare payments, proposals to add copayments to home care and hospice benefits, new employee mandates for private duty organizations and new health IT bills that could help or hurt the home care and hospice community, the opening session’s panel of experts from NAHC touched on regulatory, Medicare, Medicaid, health IT, home care, hospice and private duty issues that Congress and federal agencies are debating.

The first session’s panel included many of NAHC’s own legislative, legal and policy experts and offered a call to action as well as emphasizing the importance of participating in this year’s March on Washington. “Your being here is a huge sacrifice, but is invaluable,” said NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris. “Even for those who couldn’t come to DC, it’s important to get involved. Lobby in your home capital. Make it personal because this year can make or break us."

Mr. Halamandaris’ sentiment was shared by the panel – all of whom helped to outline in clear terms what is at stake for the home care and hospice community - and why it is so important for lawmakers to hear from their constituents who work in the home care and hospice fields. “Congress needs to be educated and you're the experts. Share your passion with The Hill," said Jeffrey Kincheloe, NAHC Vice President for Government Affairs.

Although the importance of getting involved was emphasized during the March on Washington | Private Duty Opening General Session, key issues affecting the industry were also discussed in detail. Among some of the most pertinent topics were the sequester, the debt ceiling, fraud and abuse, proposals for additional cuts or copays for home care and hospice services. And while there was no shortage of issues that the panel shared with attendees, there was also optimism for the future of home care and hospice based on the opportunities that are currently available. “This is the platinum age for home-based care,” said Bill Dombi, Esq., Vice President of Law for NAHC.

Joining Messrs. Halamandaris, Kincheloe and Dombi on the panel during the opening session of the 2013 March on Washington | Private Duty Integrated Conference and Exposition were Andrea Devoti, President of Neighborhood Health and Chairman of NAHC’s Board of Directors; Richard Brennan, NAHC’s Vice President of Technology Policy; Theresa Forster, NAHC’s Vice President for Hospice Policy and Programs; Mary St. Pierre, NAHC’s Vice President for Regulatory Affairs; Colin Roskey, NAHC Counsel and Mary Langowski, NAHC Counsel.

The opening general session was also being “live tweeted.” Attendees are encouraged to join the conversation via social media by using the #NAHC2013 hash-tag throughout this year’s March on Washington | Private Duty Integrated Conference and Exposition.

 

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