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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

Nation’s Aging Organizations Weigh in on Budget Fixes with Budget Chairs Murray and Ryan; Oppose Imposition of New Medicare Copays

November 6, 2013 04:10 PM

The Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO), a coalition of 69 national non-profit organizations committed to securing the well-being of America's older population, sent a letter to U.S. Congressional Budget Committee chairs Patty Murray (D-WA) and Paul Ryan (R-WI) urging specific solutions to strengthen economic recovery without cutting the vital benefits of older Americans.

The letter urges increases in revenue, as well as targeted spending reductions that do not increase poverty or income inequality. LCAO urges Congress to end the sequester; adopt Fiscal Year 2014 spending bills that protect and strengthen critical non-defence discretionary programs; and to protect current and future Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. Some members of Congress expect concessions on earned benefits in order to pass a FY2014 budget; however, in light of America’s demographic and economic realities, LCAO strongly opposes proposals to cut benefits or shift additional costs to older adults, people with disabilities and their families.

The letter specifically states that:

 “Shifting higher health care costs to people with Medicare: Proposals to shift costs to people with Medicare, such as increasing deductibles, coinsurances, or copayments, as well as those that seek to limit or tax Medigap coverage or further income-relate Medicare premiums, must not be adopted as blunt tools to achieve federal savings. LCAO strongly opposes proposals to shift added costs to people with Medicare, many of whom simply cannot afford to pay more for health care.

Half of all people with Medicare—nearly 25 million—live on annual incomes of $22,500 or less, and one quarter live on annual incomes of $14,000 or less. Health care costs are already a significant expense for Medicare beneficiaries and are increasing. In 2010, Medicare premiums and cost sharing consumed 26% of the average monthly Social Security benefit, compared to only 7% in 1980. Today the average Medicare household spends 15% of their income on health care, three times that of non-Medicare households. It is also important to note that Medicare per capita spending is experiencing historically low rates of growth.”

In 2012, 41 million Americans were over the age of 65, an 18% increase since 2000. With 10,000 Baby Boomers turning 65 each day, by 2040, an estimated 80 million Americans will be 65 or older. Many older Americans face economic and health challenges and the retirement income deficit continues to grow in America. Currently, 3.6 million adults over the age of 65 live in poverty, and one in seven seniors struggle with hunger.

Together, Social Security and Medicare benefits serve as the foundation of basic health and economic security for our nation’s seniors – and their importance in the future will be greater than ever before.

The complete letter is available at or by visiting




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