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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

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

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.

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Former President Bill Clinton

An Update on the Home Health Rebasing Dear Colleague Letter

September 16, 2013 10:43 AM

NAHC Report recently announced that several Members of Congress circulated a Dear Colleague letter in the House and Senator Debbie Stabinow (D-MI) circulated a similar letter to her Democratic Senate colleagues regarding the proposed rebasing rule that would severely cut home care payments under Medicare.

Below are the names of the Members of Congress who have signed on to the House and Senate rebasing Dear Colleague letters thus far:

House Dear Colleague Letter

 

First

Last

State

Party

David

McKinley

WV

R

Doris

Matsui

CA

D

Mark

Amodei

NV

R

Andy

Barr

KY

R

Lou

Barletta

PA

R

Dan

Benishek

MI

R

Ami

Bera

CA

D

Marsha

Blackburn

TN

R

Earl

Blumenauer

OR

D

Bruce

Braley

IA

D

Susan

Brooks

IN

R

Julia

Brownley

CA

D

Michael

Burgess

TX

R

Shelly

Capito

WV

R

Tony

Cárdenas

CA

D

Matt

Cartwright

PA

D

Mike

Coffman

CO

R

Michael

Conaway

TX

R

Henry

Cuellar

TX

D

Elijah

Cummings

MD

D

Tammy

Duckworth

IL

D

Sean

Duffy

WI

R

Blake

Farenthold

TX

R

Bill

Flores

TX

R

Randy

Forbes

VA

R

Joe

Garcia

FL

D

Jim

Gerlach

PA

R

Bob

Gibbs

OH

R

Gene

Green

TX

D

Tim

Griffin

AR

R

Morgan

Griffith

VA

R

Brett

Guthrie

KY

R

Ralph

Hall

TX

R

Gregg

Harper

MS

R

Michael

Honda

CA

D

Steve

Israel

NY

D

Lynn

Jenkins

KS

R

Bill

Johnson

OH

R

Eddie Bernice

Johnson

TX

D

Walter

Jones

NC

R

David

Joyce

OH

R

Joseph

Kennedy

MA

D

Ron

Kind

WI

D

Peter

King

NY

R

Ann McLane

Kuster

NH

D

Jim

Langevin

RI

D

Tom

Latham

IA

R

John

Larson

CT

D

Dave

Loebsack

IA

D

Ben Ray

Lujan

NM

D

Michelle

Lujan Grisham

NM

D

Kenny

Marchant

TX

R

Tom

Marino

PA

R

Jim

McGovern

MA

D

Michael

Michaud

ME

D

Randy

Neugebauer

TX

R

Alan

Nunnelee

MS

R

Tom

Price

GA

R

Trey

Radel

FL

R

Nick

Rahall

WV

D

Dave

Reichert

WA

R

Scott

Rigell

VA

R

Harold

Rogers

KY

R

Mike

Rogers

MI

R

Todd

Rokita

IN

R

Lucille

Roybal-Allard

CA

D

Raul

Ruiz

CA

D

Linda

Sanchez

CA

D

Pete

Sessions

TX

R

Bill

Shuster

PA

R

Louise

Slaughter

NY

D

Lamar

Smith

TX

R

Steve

Stivers

OH

R

Mike

Thompson

CA

D

Mac

Thornberry

TX

R

Pat

Tiberi

OH

R

John

Tierney

MA

D

Niki

Tsongas

MA

D

Juan

Vargas

CA

D

Marc

Veasey

TX

D

Tim

Walberg

MI

R

Greg

Walden

OR

R

Lynn

Westmoreland

GA

R

Bill CW

Young

FL

R

Todd

Young

IN

R

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Senate Democrats Dear Colleague Letter

First

Last

State

Debbie

Stabenow

MI

Mark

Begich

AK

Michael

Bennet

CO

Sherrod

Brown

OH

Maria

Cantwell

WA

Benjamin

Cardin

MD

Bob

Casey

PA

Kirsten

Gillibrand

NY

Kay

Hagan

NC

Mazie

Hirono

HI

Tim

Johnson

SD

Amy

Klobuchar

MN

Mary

Landrieu

LA

Patrick

Leahy

VT

Edward

Markey

MA

Bill

Nelson

FL

Mark

Pryor

AR

Brian

Schatz

HI

Charles

Schumer

NY

Jeanne

Shaheen

NH

Mark

Udall

CO

Ron

Wyden

OR

 

The rebasing issue has been covered extensively in previous NAHC Report articles. Please click here to learn more.

Please take a moment to urge your lawmakers to sign-on to these important letters. Recently, the NAHC Legislative Action Network posted additional resources – including background information and a grassroots letter that NAHC members can send their lawmakers asking them to sign the letter.

The Legislative Action Network resources also include the projected impact that the rebasing rule will have on individual states and districts.

For more information on the rebasing issue, and to ask your elected officials to sign the letter, please click here.

In order to ensure a successful grassroots campaign on this crucial issue, NAHC encourages all of its members to take action, contact their elected officials and urge them to oppose the proposed rebasing rules.

NAHC wishes to than all of its members who have taken action and contacted their lawmakers thus far. The deadline for sign ons for both rebasing letters is this Thursday, September 19. 

The more lawmakers that sign the letters, the more powerful the home care community’s message will be. Please take a moment to contact your representatives and urge them to oppose CMS’ proposed rebasing rule, and urge their signing of the Dear Colleague letter.

 

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