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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. 

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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.

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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

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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 element...it’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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Frank E. Moss, former U.S. Senator

Anyone working on health care issues in Congress knows the name Val J. Halamandaris.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Former President Bill Clinton

NAHC: Full-Court Press on Medicaid

October 23, 2015 10:05 AM

In the past, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has not been encouraged to spend a lot of time on Medicaid because the focus of the program was primarily at the state level. However, Medicaid continues to become increasingly a federal program as more and more states adopt the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. With the magnified federal presence in Medicaid, NAHC has launched a full-court press relative to the program through the National Medicaid Action Council, in order to devote more time, energy, and resources to Medicaid. NAHC and the National Medicaid Action Council will continue building efforts to inform members about developments in Medicaid and what those developments mean, and to take action to achieve positive change. To further address the growing importance of Medicaid at the federal level, NAHC encourages its members to join the National Medicaid Action Council and effectively position advocacy efforts moving forward.

NAHC announced the National Medicaid Action Council to build upon previous Medicaid efforts and put a greater emphasis on actionable steps to promote Medicaid home care services. The Board of Directors of the National Medicaid Action Council spoke at the 2015 March on Washington about its mission, specific objectives, and strategies for advocacy.  

“The word that is important in National Medicaid Action Council is ‘Action’,” Ellen Bolch, Co-Chairman of the National Medicaid Action Council said. “We would like you to join this council,” Ms. Bolch said, indicating the importance of engagement from the home care community.

Andrea Devoti, Co-Chairman of the National Medicaid Action Council, said that while the home care community has spent a lot of its energy on Medicare issues in the past, Medicaid is an increasingly important source of coverage for home care services. In fact, five times as much funding goes into home care through Medicaid as through Medicare. Devoti further stated that the Council will focus on pediatric care, as well as services for the physically and mentally disabled, while working to ensure the effective use and adoption of technology.

Colin Roskey, Executive Director of the National Medicaid Action Council and Counsel to NAHC, said that with the growing importance of Medicaid home care, the National Medicaid Action Council will focus on how to effectively position Medicaid advocacy. Chris Jennings, a former White House Health Advisor to President William Clinton and President Barack Obama, said that effective advocacy increasingly requires engagement at the executive level—including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of Management and Budget—rather than focusing only on Congress. This is due to the fact that Congress, through inaction, has inadvertently ceded a lot of its authority to the executive branch.

As a result, the National Medicaid Action Council is focused on advocacy efforts in order to develop policies that are beneficial to Medicaid home care services. Some of these priorities include: the development of consistent definitions regarding skilled Medicaid home care; integrity measures to address the high potential for program integrity concerns and abuse due to the large amount of federal funding going into the program through Medicaid expansion in the states; and accreditation and training to ensure quality standards.

To view the video summarizing the efforts of the National Medicaid Action Council from the 2015 March on Washington, click here.

 

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