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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

House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health Approves Legislation Requiring Electronic Visit Verification for Medicaid Personal Care Services

Subcommittee Approves EVV Measure Along with Several Medicaid-related Bills
November 6, 2015 10:42 AM

Medicaid-related bills on Wednesday, November 4, including a measure (H.R. 2446) requiring states to use electronic visit verification (EVV) for Medicaid personal care services. The bill would penalize any state that does not require the use of an electronic visit verification system for personal care and home care services. For any such state, the legislation would reduce the Federal medical assistance percentage by 0.25 percentage points for calendar quarters in 2018 and 2019; by 0.5 percentage points for calendar quarters in 2020; by 0.75 percentage points for calendar quarters in 2021; and by 1 percentage point  for calendar quarters in 2022 and each year thereafter. The legislation has not yet received consideration by the full committee or the full House of Representatives.

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) continues to evaluate the legislation with the design of developing improvements. There are some concerns with the present version of the bill as it may affect provider costs and multi-state organizations. Representative Guthrie has expressed a willingness to work with the home care provider community in refining the bill. Several members of the Subcommittee on Health have also expressed concerns about the legislation (see previous NAHC Report article here).

NAHC is reviewing the other legislation considered during the markup. Following is the list of bill along with brief summaries:

H.R. 2446, To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to require the use of electronic visit verification for personal care services furnished under the Medicaid program

Introduced by Rep. Guthrie (R-KY). Legislation would implement a Federal Matching Assistance Percentage (FMAP) penalty for states that fail to require providers of personal care services in their Medicaid program to use an electronic visit verification system that verifies the date of service, site of service, provider of service, and duration of service.

H.R. 3821, Medicaid Directory of Caregivers Act

Introduced by Reps. Collins (R-NY) and Rep. Tonko (D-NY). Legislation would require state Medicaid programs that serve enrollees through fee-for-service and/or primary care case management arrangements to publish a list of Medicaid providers on its website.

H.R. 3716, Ensuring Terminated Providers Are Removed from Medicaid and CHIP Act

Introduced by Rep. Bucshon (R-IN), Rep. Butterfield (D-NC), and Rep. Welch (D-VT). Legislation would implement several targeted recommendations by the HHS Office of Inspector General to improve Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services oversight of terminated providers, also improving states’ incentives to better police their programs and screen providers.

H.R. 2017, Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2015

Introduced by Rep. McMorris-Rodgers (R-WA). Legislation would amend section 4205 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which requires calorie and other nutrition information be provided to consumers in restaurants and other similar retail food establishments that have twenty or more locations.

H.R. 2646, Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act

Introduced by Rep. Murphy (R-PA) and Rep. Johnson (D-TX) and cosponsored by over 150 members, including 43 Democrats.

H.R. 3014, Medical Controlled Substances Transportation Act

Introduced by Rep. Sessions (R-TX). Legislation would amend the Controlled Substances Act to allow registered physicians to transport and administer controlled substances to patients at other practice settings and disaster areas if the physician enters into an agreement with the Drug Enforcement Administration.

H.R. 3537, Synthetic Drug Control Act of 2015

Introduced by Rep. Dent (R-PA), Rep. Himes (D-CT), Del. Holmes Norton (D- DC), and Rep. Jolly (R-FL). Legislation would add certain synthetic drug compounds to schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act.

Stay tuned to NAHC Report for further analysis and updates regarding these Medicaid-related bills.




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