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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

March on Washington Gets Underway with Opening Legislative Update

NAHC Staff and Counsel provides insights and perspectives on current legislative landscape in Washington, DC
March 25, 2014 11:19 AM

JF3_4583NAHC's annual March on Washington got underway on Sunday 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 to be in Washington as advocates. With SGR negotiations getting underway in Congress, proposals to add copayments to home care and hospice benefits on the table in some proposals, ongoing concern over the face-to-face and companionship rules, CMS’ misguided rebasing Final Rule and ongoing confusion over the ACA employer mandate, the opening session’s panel of experts from NAHC provided updates to attendees on all of these issues, as well as on the political, legislative and regulatory climate in Washington. DC.  

The General Session’s panel included many of NAHC’s own legislative, legal and policy experts - NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris; NAHC Vice President for Law Bill Dombi; NAHC Vice President for Hospice Policy and Programs Theresa Forster; NAHC Vice President for Government Affairs Jeff Kincheloe; NAHC Vice President for Technology Policy Richard Brennan; NAHC Vice President for Regulatory Affairs Mary Carr; Colin Roskey, NAHC Counsel and Mary Langowski, NAHC Counsel – who provided their insight, analysis and percpective on a range of issues.

While the panel 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 – there were some areas of good news. “We could be getting good news from the CBO on our rebasing rule soon,” said NAHC Vice President for Law Bill Dombi. “Just to have the CBO score it is an accomplishment.”

Another area where there were positive developments were in health IT for home care and hospice providers. “There is finally alignment between Congress and the Adminsitration when it comes to healthcare spending and how health IT can play a role in containing those costs,” said NAHC Vice President for Technology Policy Richard Brennan. “There is a bright future ahead for home care and hospice telehealth, but we need support from Congress.”

Panelists also went into detail about a range of Medicaid, Medicare and hospice issues, reminding attendees of some of the key messages to share with lawmakers. “Remind lawmakers that CMS is predicting that close to 50 percent of home health agencies will be under water because of the rebasing rule,” said Mary Langowski. “Tell the people you meet with what that means for their district and humanize what it is you do.”

In offering a summary of the home health and hospice community’s successes in the past year and challenges ahead, NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris offered, “we have been pretty successful recently playing strong defense, but it’s time for us to go on the offense, and that’s what we’re going to do…The biggest threat facing us now is that we don’t work together to overcome these challenges.”

The opening general session was also being “live tweeted.” Attendees are encouraged to join the conversation via social media by using the #MoW2014 hash-tag throughout this year’s March on Washington.

 

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