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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

NAHC, Other Leading Health Care and Senior Groups, Oppose Medicare Cuts to Fund Trade Bill

April 22, 2015 12:04 PM

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) on Tuesday partnered with three other leading health care associations to oppose the Medicare cuts included in the trade legislation.  NAHC and the three other organizations—the American Hospital Association, American Medical Association, American Health Care Association—sent a letter on Tuesday to members of the US Senate and House opposing a provision in the legislation reauthorizing the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program that would include cuts to Medicare as a pay-for to offset the cost of the legislation. Senior groups, including the National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare, also criticized the Medicare cuts.

Subsequently, the Senate Finance Committee Wednesday passed the trade legislation including the 0.25 percent cut to Medicare providers for the last six months of 2024 to offset the cost of the legislation.  The House Ways and Means Committee is considering the legislation on Thursday.  According to a report from POLITICO, Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee are working to remove the Medicare cuts, due to the opposition expressed by NAHC and others.   “We’re working on a more acceptable offset for TAA rather than taking cuts out of Medicare,” Rep. Ron Kind said to POLITICO.

Currently, the sequester cuts to Medicare are set to expire after the first six months of 2024, because the second half of 2024 was outside of the 10-year budget window.  As a result, members of Congress established a 4 percent cut to Medicare providers for the first six months of 2024, in order to average 2 percent for the entire year.  The trade legislation, however, would impose a 0.25 percent cut to Medicare providers for the last six months of 2024, thereby increasing the overall sequester cut to Medicare providers in 2024 above the current 2 percent level included in the Budget Control Act.  The legislation would increase the sequester cut amount by $700 million, as estimated by the Congressional Budget Office.

NAHC and the other organizations in the letter urged Senators and Representatives to remove the Medicare cuts.  “On behalf of our members, who include the vast majority of health care providers treating Medicare beneficiaries, we are writing to share with you our concerns with cuts to Medicare included in trade legislation,” NAHC and the other organizations wrote.

The letter stated that Medicare providers have already made significant sacrifices, and it raised concern about the use of Medicare cuts to fund non-Medicare legislation.  “Hospitals, physicians, nursing homes and home health and hospice providers have already absorbed hundreds of billions of dollars in cuts to the Medicare program in recent years. Additionally alarming is the use of Medicare cuts to pay for non-Medicare related legislation, a precedent that we believe is unwise,” the health associations wrote in the letter.

The associations urged the Members of Congress to remove the Medicare cuts from the trade legislation because they said the cuts would negatively impact not only providers but also patients.

“We oppose the inclusion of this Medicare cut in trade legislation moving through the Congress and as an offset for any subsequent legislation,” NAHC and the other associations wrote.  “We urge Congress to strike this provision from the legislation. Reductions to Medicare payments have real impacts on patients and providers, and we appreciate your consideration in this matter.”

You can read the full letter here.  Please stay tuned to NAHC Report for additional updates on this issue.




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