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.