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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

Ric Edelman Named Keynote Speaker at the NAHC Annual Meeting

July 2, 2014 10:30 AM

Caring for the Caregiver:  Join award-winning Financial Advisor Ric Edelman1 for his free special seminar, “Mind Over Money”, at the NAHC Annual Meeting and Exposition. Learn how to improve your financial decision making! 

Are you careful or impulsive? Confident or anxious? Do you favor safety or risk? Now, medical science and academic research reveals why we make so many mistakes with our every-day financial decisions – from choosing investments to buying clothes on sale.

In this fun session, Ric reveals why we handle money the way we do and shows you how to make better financial decisions in the future.

To register for the free “Mind Over Money” Seminar, click here!

Val J. Halamandaris, President of NAHC, announced that Ric Edelman, three times ranked the #1 independent financial advisor in the nation by Barron’s, will be a Keynote Speaker at the NAHC Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, on Monday, October 20, 2014.

"We are very pleased that Ric will speak to attendees and give them advice on how to improve their personal finances,” said Halamandaris. “Edelman will announce that his firm, Edelman Financial Services, will provide free financial planning for nurses who are NAHC members as of the Annual Meeting. Additionally, Edelman will announce an initiative to help home care and hospice nurses, the specifics of which will be given at the upcoming meeting. Ric's appearance is just the start of what is expected to be a great long-term relationship with us."

Edelman’s firm, Edelman Financial Services, has 35 offices nationwide and manages nearly $13 billion for 24,000 clients. He is a member of the Financial Advisor Hall of Fame sponsored by Research magazine and a member of CNBC's Digital Financial Advisors Council.

Edelman and his firm have focused on small investors rather than the wealthier investors generally sought after by Wall Street firms. He has long concentrated on helping caring professions such as schoolteachers, firemen, police officers, those in the armed services - and especially nurses. Edelman explains that the other caring professionals receive pensions upon retirement but not nurses. "I really feel as if someone needs to help nurses who are underpaid and overworked. We want to provide them with the financial education and advice they need so they can have a bright future," Edelman said.

Edelman is a New York Times bestselling author. Two of his books, The Truth About Money and The Lies About Money have been selected as “book of the year" by the Institute of Financial Literacy. Edelman’s latest book, The Truth About Retirement Plans and IRAs, is a #1 national bestseller. Some one million copies of his books are in print and they have been translated into several languages.

Edelman is perhaps best known as a radio and TV host whose programs have aired for the past 23 years. His radio program reaches 70 markets with more than 1 million listeners weekly, and his TV show airs on more than 200 public television shows nationwide. Edelman also publishes a 16-page monthly newsletter and offers extensive financial education at

Edelman is well known for his philanthropic activities. He served five years on the board of the United Way of the National Capital Area, including two years as chairman. He serves on the Southeast Board of The Boys and Girls Clubs of America and is a member of The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington Foundation Board. He and his wife Jean are benefactors of the Inova Edelman Center for Nursing at Inova Health Foundation and most recently the new Inova Center for Advanced Medical Simulation. They are also supporters of Make-a-Wish Foundation, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and many other charities.

Click here for more information about the NAHC Annual Meeting.

1Throughout the firm’s 25 year history, EFS and Ric Edelman have been presented with more than 100 business, advisory, communication and community service awards. A complete list of awards won can be requested by contacting the firm at (888)-PLAN-RIC.

Ric Edelman is Chairman and CEO of Edelman Financial Services LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor, and CEO, President and a Director of Pinnacle Summer Investments, Inc. He is an Investment Advisor Representative who offers advisory services through EFS and a Registered Principal of (and offers securities through) Sanders Morris Harris Inc., an affiliated broker/dealer, member FINRA/SIPC.




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