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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

Home Care and Hospice Nurses, Aides, and Providers Set to March on Washington, DC

March 18, 2014 10:35 AM

The members of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice will come together on March 23-26, 2014, for NAHC’s annual March on Washington Conference & Exposition. Representatives from hundreds of home care and hospice agencies nationwide will converge on Capitol Hill and act on their right to petition members of the House and Senate.

By telling their stories, they aim to show how home care fulfills the promise of health care reform by letting our seniors and disabled get the care they need at home. It also offers a strong value proposition by improving outcomes while driving down costs that stop us from meeting the needs of our aging population.

Home care is a recognized answer to high Medicare expenditures. Yet spending on home health is projected to grow at less than half the rate of spending on skilled nursing facility care. Lack of fair reimbursement has already pushed thousands of providers into the red and limited access to home health care. Without needed changes, many patients will have no alternative to costly institutional options.

For the sake of patients and providers, NAHC will urge Congress to take the following steps:

  • Reject proposals that would impose home health or hospice copays and payment cuts to offset the cost of fixing the Medicare physician payment formula or reducing the current deficit.
  • Enact the bipartisan Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act (S. 1332; H.R. 2504) allowing nurse practitioners and physician assistants to certify and change home health plans of treatment. NPs and PAs can now certify Medicare eligibility for skilled nursing facility care but not for care in the home.
  • Offer home care and hospice reimbursement for technologies that would increase health information exchange, promote care coordination—especially for patients with multiple chronic conditions—and empower patients to take greater responsibility for their health.
  • Closely oversee CMS’ efforts to revise the hospice payment system and reject efforts to ‘rebase’ hospice payments.

These changes will improve outcomes and satisfaction among patients and their families. They will also answer a pressing demand by members of the baby boom generation. The need for home health care will only increase over the next 19 years as the 78 million boomers reach their 65th birthday at the rate of 10,000 per day. The boomers, like the vast majority of patients, will choose home health because it gives them independence and keeps families together — longtime goals of home health care.

“For decades home care has provided the aged, disabled, and chronically ill with dignified, effective, and efficient treatment,” said NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris. “Today, millions of Americans still depend on home care to remain healthy, stable, and out of costly institutional settings. They have the right to receive care in their homes, and our goal is to defend it. During our march on Capitol Hill, we will educate lawmakers on key issues facing the patients we serve.”

For more information on this year’s March on Washington, please click here.




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