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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. 

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.

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

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

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’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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

Frank E. Moss, former U.S. Senator

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

National Council of Aging

Health 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.

Former President Bill Clinton

The National Council on Medicaid Home Care Welcomes Policy Director and Director of the Medicaid Resource Center

April 5, 2013 03:37 PM

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is pleased to announce the arrival of two new staff members working with its affiliate, The National Council on Medicaid Home Care. Steve Postal, JD takes on the responsibilities of developing and managing the Medicaid Home Care Resource Center. Michelle Martin, JD is the Policy Director of the Council. 

NAHC President, Val J. Halamandaris welcomed the new members of the home care team stating that, “Medicaid home care is a vital service to our nations most vulnerable citizens of all ages. The addition of two new staff on the National Council on Medicaid Home Care will allow us to accelerate or advocacy in this crucial part of home care.” The Council’s Executive Director, Bill Dombi, added, “Michelle and Steve bring skill, passion, and dedication to home care advocacy. We are very fortunate to have them aboard.”

As Policy Director, Michelle Martin will be responsible for the development of model program policy standards through the engagement with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Medicaid Access and Payment Advisory Commission (MACPAC), Congress, and Medicaid stakeholders. She will be working on several key priorities in home care standards including transitions to managed care, dual eligible integration, provider qualifications, rate setting, and quality of care.

Michelle comes to NAHC and the Medicaid Council by way of the Medicaid Health Plans of America where she was the Director of its Center for Best Practices. A graduate of Wayne State University Law School, Michelle also worked as a consultant with the Raben Group and served with several law firms as a health care litigation attorney.

Steve Postal will have primary responsibility for constructing the Resource Center as a comprehensive library of everything involving Medicaid home care including studies, research reports, utilization data, laws and regulation, court decisions and much more. The Resource Center will be fully searchable in all the subject matter contained therein. Steve will also shepherd the news of the day in Medicaid and handle subject matter for the Council web site.

Steve is also an attorney having worked in the health care industry since graduating college, including in consulting, law, and research administration.  While serving as an associate at the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit at the Office of the Maryland Attorney General, he worked on vulnerable adult cases, and was also a long-term care ombudsman (LTCO) while in law school.  Steve went to Bowdoin College, where he majored in history and minored in government, and Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he graduated with a health law concentration.

The National Council on Medicaid Home Care was created last year to foster improvements in the delivery of home care and community-based services through the exchange and implementation of creative ideas among federal and state legislative and regulatory leaders, Medicaid beneficiaries, and providers of care.

The Council strives to be the leading authority on effective Medicaid public policy regarding the use of home-based services and to play a key role in reforming the Medicaid system to ensure a viable and sustainable platform for public health in the United States.




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