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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 Seeks Stay from Supreme Court in Overtime Lawsuit

September 28, 2015 02:49 PM

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), along with its co-plaintiffs, filed an Emergency Application to Stay the Court of Appeals overtime lawsuit ruling with the U.S. Supreme Court until the Supreme Court has the opportunity to review the merits of an appeal fully. The application for a stay is needed to prevent the Department of Labor (DOL) rules from taking effect on or about October 13, 2015. As previously indicated in NAHC Report (see previous article here), the Court of Appeals issued a “per curiam” ruling that denied NAHC’s request for a stay as well as the DOL request to expedite the court’s mandate. That meant that NAHC had to shift the matter to the Supreme Court.

The stay application is directed to Chief Justice John Roberts as he is responsible for emergency motions involving the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Generally, the Supreme Court justices give the other party in the lawsuit several days to reply to the application for an emergency stay prior to the Justice issuing a ruling. It is expected that Chief Justice Roberts will rule before the October 13 deadline and very likely within the next 10 days.

In its brief supporting the application, NAHC and its co-plaintiffs explain that the Court of Appeals ruling erroneously found that an earlier Supreme Court ruling involving the overtime exemptions foreclosed any consideration as to whether the “plain language” of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) prohibited the DOL new rules. The original federal District Court ruling issued in January held that FLSA exemptions clearly are applicable to employees of third-party employers (home care companies).

The NAHC brief also argues that the standards for a stay are met in that it is likely that the Supreme Court will agree hear the appeal (four Justices must agree to hear the case) and that home care companies, consumers, and workers will be irreparably harmed if the DOL rules prematurely take effect. The evidence supporting the risk of harm includes information regarding the lack of preparedness in state Medicaid programs to address the new cost of overtime and the history of lost business, reduced working hours, and care planning confusion when individual states have dropped the federal exemptions on “companionship services” and “live-in domestic services.”

The brief notes the discriminatory impact of the DOL rules that permit the exemptions when the worker is directly employed by the consumer, but denies the exemption if the worker is employed by a third-party home care company. The result is that the exemption is applied to only some home care employees simply based on the nature of the employer even though the employees engage in identical work. Among the absurd outcomes is that home care consumers who have the wherewithal and willingness to take on the difficult role of employer have an advantage in gaining access to affordable care over the person who uses a home care agency because their infirmities prevent them from fulfilling an employer’s duties.

Stay tuned to NAHC Report for any breaking updates on this important litigation.




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