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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

In Celebrating its 33rd Birthday, NAHC Asks Congress to Express Support for Home Care and Hospice

NAHC reflects on achievements, invites U.S. House members to make one-minute speeches on the House floor highlighting home care and hospice
March 11, 2015 11:05 AM

Today, the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) celebrates its 33rd Birthday by reflecting on its achievements and rededicating itself to the cause of advancing quality and cost-effective care.  As part of this occasion, NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris sent a letter this week to all 435 members of the U.S. House inviting them to use a rule allowing members to make one minute speeches on the House floor in order to express support for home care and hospice workers.

“We invite you to help us celebrate, not only our birthday, but the 30th anniversary of our meeting Mother Teresa on June 12th of this year. We are honoring her as our ideal role model.  We gave her our first Lifetime Achievement Award and, with her permission, named it after her,” wrote President Halamandaris in a letter to the U.S. House members.  “The purpose of this letter is to invite you to use the one minute rule to make a statement about your support of home care and hospice caregivers and the importance of the work they do.”

In addition to asking members of Congress to make statements of support for home care and hospice, NAHC has invited members of Congress to participate in this year’s Senate and House breakfasts during the March on Washington.  The breakfast with members of the Senate will take place on Tuesday, March 24, from 9-10 AM, in the Senate Caucus Room, and the breakfast with members of the House will be on Wednesday, March 25, from 8:30-10 AM in the Rayburn House Office Building.  To register to attend the March on Washington, please click here.

NAHC is currently collecting statements from supportive members of Congress in order to publish their statements along with their photographs in Caring, NAHC’s award winning magazine.  The statements members of Congress provide on behalf of home care and hospice will further NAHC’s cause of building awareness and support within Congress and across the country with regards to the crucial role of home care and hospice workers in caring for many seniors, disabled persons, as well as those who are chronically ill, or who have a terminal illness. 

The letter to Congress coincides with NAHC celebrating its 33rd Birthday, which provides an opportunity to reflect on its accomplishments and rededicate itself to its mission.  NAHC was formed 33 years ago today, on March 10, 1982, through the merger of the National Association for Home Health Agencies and the Council of Home Health Agencies. 

“NAHC has worked tirelessly and played a crucial role to unify and professionalize home care and hospice,” said Halamandaris.  “NAHC is the embodiment of the joint efforts of thousands to serve the aged, disabled, and ill.  As we celebrate NAHC’s 33rd Birthday, we remain ever focused on continuing to achieve success on behalf of our members to advance quality and cost-effective care for some 12 millions seniors and disabled persons each year.”

Since its founding, NAHC has had significant achievements in improving and growing home care and hospice across the country.  While there were only 3,000 home care agencies in 1982, today there are over 35,000 agencies and some 3 million employees.  Total revenue has increased from an estimated $3 billion in 1982 to roughly $100 billion today.  While NAHC began with only 200 members, it has over 6,000 today.  In 1982, roughly 1.3 million received home care services; about 12 million receive such care today.

NAHC’s vigorous efforts continue as the need for home care increases and 78 million baby boomers reach their retirement years. More and more individuals will demand home care because it helps patients stay independent and keeps families together. Home care is also more cost-effective than institutional options, saving Medicare tens of billions of dollars each year, a point NAHC continually hammers home.  NAHC will continue its leadership role to shape regulations and legislation on behalf of its members, including efforts such as defeating copays on patients who need home health and hospice services, reforming Medicare face-to-face requirements, and expanding access to home care and hospice.




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