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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 Board Election to be Held in October

August 11, 2015 08:54 AM

In October, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) membership will have the opportunity to vote for their representatives on the NAHC Board of Directors. To ensure continuity, the NAHC bylaws specify that half of the NAHC Board is up for election each year. Any NAHC member in good standing as of July 1 can run for election to the board or its nominating committee.

The NAHC Board of Directors has the responsibility for making policy decisions and has the responsibility of preserving and protecting NAHC’s assets. The NAHC Board holds three meetings a year, one in January, June and October. Each meeting lasts one day and travel and hotel is paid by NAHC for those who attend the board meetings.

This fall, all NAHC members will have a chance to vote for the position of Vice Chairman and Treasurer. The Vice Chairman shall serve in place of the Chairman in case of his/her absence or inability to serve, and the Treasurer shall be responsible for the financial affairs of the Association and shall report on the financial status of the Association to the membership annually and to the Board of Directors at each regular meeting of the Board. Because of the importance of these two officer positions, prior experience on the Board is a necessary prerequisite to run for either of these positions.

All NAHC members will also have the opportunity to vote for members of the NAHC Nominating Committee. The nominating committee is made up of one representative from each NAHC section (Corporate, Financial Management, Forum of State Associations, Hospice, Institution Sponsored, Official, National Medicaid Action Council, Pediatric, Private Duty, Proprietary, Technology, and Voluntary/Non-Profit) and its job is to select two candidates from among those who submit their names to oppose each other in next year’s October 2016 election.

NAHC members will also have the opportunity to vote for their two specific representatives on the NAHC Board. The first is elected geographically. NAHC is divided into 10 regions following the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services model. Elections will be held in five of the 10 regions this year including Region I (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT), Region III (DE, DC, MD, PA, VA, WV), Region V (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI), Region VII (IA, KS, MO, NE), and Region IX (AZ, CA,HI, NV, American Samoa, Guam). In addition, NAHC members also elect a section representative depending on their area of primary interest. The sections which are up for election this year include: Hospice Provider Section, Official Section, Pediatric Section, Proprietary Section, Voluntary/Non-Profit Section, and the Forum of State Associations.

NAHC members who wish to run for the Board should submit a consent to serve form (located here), along with a one-page resume and a photograph. This should follow the standard format because it will be mailed out with the ballot to guide member balloting. The biography prepared by Ruth Constant, NAHC’s past chair, is included as an example. These documents may be submitted to the NAHC offices by mail (228 7th Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003, Attn: Nominating Committee), fax (202-547-3540) or email ( The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, September 8, 2015. If you have any questions please contact Blake Neilsen at 202-547-7424 or by email at

The NAHC membership will receive their ballots on September 28, 2015, and they will have a month to mark and return them to the independent CPA firm which tabulates the results. The results of the NAHC 2015 election will be announced at the NAHC Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, October 29-30, 2015. Winners will also be notified by mail.




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