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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 Submits Comments to House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee for Hearing on Long-Term Care Financing and Delivery

March 3, 2016 09:46 AM

On Tuesday, March 1, the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled, “Examining the Financing and Delivery of Long-Term Care in the U.S.” The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has a long-standing position that Congress should address this important issue by enacting a comprehensive, high quality home- and community-based long-term care program.

Current public programs and private insurance are inadequate to meet the country’s growing need for long-term care services. The already significant need will grow substantially with the aging of the baby boom population and the emergence of new technologies that enable people with disabilities to live longer. The lack of coordinated and comprehensive long-term home- and community- based care often results in premature or unnecessary institutionalization, destruction of the family unit, and reduction of family resources to the point of destitution. The supportive, familiar environment of the home setting for care delivery, however, can provide a cost-effective option that may also enable stabilization of the individual’s chronic conditions.

A statement by NAHC, including recommendations for Congressional action, was submitted for the record. “Any long-term care plan adopted by the Congress should cause a paradigm shift toward much-needed federal coverage for care in the home and community setting rather than in institutions,” NAHC stated in its comments. “Currently, the great majority of Medicaid and public funds spent on long-term care are devoted to institutional care. The adoption of these recommendations in a long-term care plan would ensure that people with disabilities and chronically and terminally ill Americans receive the comprehensive, high quality home- and community-based care they need in the least restrictive environment.”

NAHC’s comments are available here.

The hearing followed the recent release of an independent report by the Bipartisan Policy Center providing recommendations to improve the financing of long-term care. The report recommended providing states with more flexibility to offer home- and community-based services under Medicaid. The report also recommended the establishment of a federal insurance program for catastrophic long-term care, as well as a more affordable option for private long-term care insurance. For a summary of the Bipartisan Policy Center report, see previous NAHC Report article here.

During the hearing, the members of the Subcommittee from both parties expressed a desire to address issues related to improving long-term care financing and delivery, including incentives for the use of home- and community-based services rather than institutional care. These recommendations included simplifying the existing waivers to make it less burdensome for states to expand the availability of Medicaid home- and community-based services. Additional recommendations from members of the Subcommittee included encouraging individuals to enroll in private long-term care insurance, the establishment of federal catastrophic plan, and Medicaid integrity measures.

Witness testimony for the hearing, as well as a Subcommittee memorandum and witness list are available here.

Stay tuned to NAHC Report in the coming days for more detailed coverage regarding the comments and recommendations made by witnesses and members of the Subcommittee during the hearing.





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