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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

Heath 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 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

NAHC Applauds Passage of H.R. 30, Legislation that Defines Full-Time as 40 Hours Under the ACA

January 9, 2015 10:25 AM

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) applauded leaders in the House of Representatives for passing legislation that will change the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) definition of full-time work from 30 to 40 hours. Twelve Democrats joined with the Republican majority to pass this important legislation.

NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris issued the following statement:

“We urge the members of the Senate to immediately follow suit and pass the companion bill, S. 30, introduced by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Chairman, Senate Special Committee on Aging, along with Senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) said Halamandaris. “The home care and hospice community has no better friend than Senator Collins, and her reintroduction of this bill further solidifies her reputation as a fighter for the infirm, disabled and elderly, not just in Maine but across the country.”

Home care workers, without relief, would have had to restrict employees to no more than 29 hours per week to ensure their workers are considered part time under the ACA. A survey that NAHC concluded in December 2014 shows that the employer mandate would weaken patients’ access to care, reduce wages and working hours of home care staff, and require home care companies to restructure their operations to rely on part-time caregivers.

NAHC praises the work of House of Representatives sponsors Todd Young (R-IN), Dan Lipinski (D-IL), Pete Olson (R-TX), Mike Kelly (R-PA), and Tim Walberg (R-MI) for their foresight and leadership.”

During the news conference held to reintroduce the Senate’s companion bill, S. 30, Lisa Harvey McPherson, a board member Home Care and Hospice Alliance of Maine, NAHC Board member, and chair of the NAHC affiliate, the Voluntary Nonprofit Home Care Association of America, spoke to illustrate the consequences the current 30 hour threshold is having on access to home care services. During her remarks, Ms. McPherson stated that:

“This legislation is critically important… The current definition of “full time employment” will have a devastating impact on home care workers and the patients that we serve… With the oldest population in the country, the demand for home care [in Maine] exceeds the capacity of the volume of workers that we have today. It is also important to note that many of the patients that we care for at home qualify to live in a nursing facility, but with home care support workers, home care aides and home care nurses, they can avoid or delay nursing home placement.

With passage in the House last week by a margin of 252 – 172, action on the bill is moving onto the Senate side. A hearing in the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee is scheduled for January 22. 

To urge your Senators to support this legislation - known as the “40 Hours Is Full Time Act” in the Senate - please go to the NAHC Legislative Action Center here.      

For more on S. 30, please see NAHC Report, January 8, 2015.




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