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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

Congress Returns from its Summer Recess

September 9, 2014 09:41 AM

Both the House of Representatives and the Senate return this week from Congress’ five-week summer recess. While there are many pressing foreign and domestic issues facing lawmakers, expectations are low that much outside of passing a Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the government open will be achieved before Congress again adjourns for the Midterm Elections. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is eyeing September 23 for the Senate’s adjournment. House Speaker Boehner (R-OH) is looking for his chamber to adjourn on September 19.

A recent article in Politico outlines the legislative strategy for this brief session:

“Senate Democrats are preparing to load up the calendar with politically charged bills, kicking off election season with a constitutional amendment proposed by Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) to allow Congress and the states to more tightly regulate how campaigns are financed. Once that bill meets a certain death in the Senate, Democrats are looking at reviving other proposals — such as one to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, another to let people more easily refinance their student loans and another to close the wage gap between men and women...

House Republicans will spend the month focusing almost exclusively on branding Senate Democrats as obstructionists. The House is attempting to pass two large bills, one containing a number of so-called jobs measures, the other one filled with energy proposals. Neither of them will even get a vote in the Senate — but that’s the point.

As the political theater takes shape, leaders in both parties are quietly laying the groundwork to get their must-pass business done. The House’s government funding bill, which would extend funding until Dec. 11, sources say, will be ready for public viewing by Tuesday. There’s serious talk about loading up the government-funding bills with multiple items, including an extension of an Internet tax moratorium and a renewal of the Export-Import Bank, an entity reviled by conservatives but strongly backed by the business community.”

With both Senate Democrats and House Republicans packing the calendar with Election-year messaging bills, and the need to extend funding for the Federal Government beyond the end of the month, the home care and hospice community likely won’t see any movement on legislation that is important to the care the deliver and the patients they serve.

Although there is little chance that Congress will act on any of the key issues facing home care and hospice, now that lawmakers are back in session, NAHC urges all of its members to contact their elected officials are urge them to support NAHC’s legislative priorities.

To view NAHC’s issues on its Legislative Action Network, please click here.

To read the full Politico article referenced above, please click here.




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