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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

Register for 2016 March on Washington Conference!

Educate Lawmakers, and Hear from Prominent Senate Champions, Top CMS Officials; April 3 – April 5 in Washington, D.C.
March 9, 2016 11:48 AM

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will join together on April 3 – April 5, 2016, for NAHC’s 2016 March on Washington Conference in Washington, D.C. Attendees will have the opportunity to urge members of Congress to take action on NAHC’s legislative priorities, such as allowing non-physician practitioners to certify home health plans of care, ensuring the availability of home care and hospice personnel to meet the growing needs of the Baby Boomer generation, ensuring adequate reimbursement for and access to Medicare home health services, ensuring the availability of hospice and palliative care for all near the end of life, and protecting and expanding access to home and community-based services under Medicaid.

The March on Washington will bring together some of the leading voices in Congress that have supported the home care and hospice community in recent years. A group of prominent Senators will appear at a special Senate Breakfast on Tuesday, April 5, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. NAHC members are encouraged to come hear their perspectives on the 2016 legislative agenda, receive guidance on how home care and hospice providers can more effectively advocate for their patients and employees, and show appreciation to these champions who have worked so hard for seniors and the home care and hospice community.

Four Senators have already committed at this early date to speaking at the event, and NAHC has extended invitations to other Senators, including many who have attended past March on Washington Senate Breakfasts. Those confirmed include Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), who chairs the Special Committee on Aging; Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), a member of the Committee on Finance; Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a member of Senate Finance Committee; Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and the Special Committee on Aging. All four senators are long-time home care and hospice champions. Additional information about the Senate Breakfast is available here.

The March on Washington conference program will feature top officials from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and home care and hospice experts during the following sessions on topics most important to the industry.

  • National Update on Home Care and Hospice
  • Medicare Home Health Policy Outlook
  • Medicare Hospice Policy Outlook
  • Advocacy Preparation & Networking on Advocacy Strategies
  • Federal Innovations in Health Policy and Delivery
  • Medicaid Home Care Policy Outlook

Advocates will be able to meet with and educate offices of both the House and the Senate during the March on Washington. While the House surprised everyone by deciding to work during the week leading up to Easter and take off the two weeks after Easter, the Senate will follow the historical pattern of taking off Easter week and the week after. This means that Senators are expected to be in Washington but Representatives will likely be out of town during the March on Washington. NAHC expects House health policy staff will be available for meetings; in fact, it may be easier to schedule meetings with staffers as the House will not be in session

NAHC will host a reception with U.S. House of Representatives health policy staffers. The reception provides the opportunity for home care and hospice advocates to extend thanks to Washington policy staffers who have worked tirelessly on behalf of home care and hospice. It is also an opportunity for advocates to “debrief” following a day of visits on Capitol Hill.

Stay tuned to NAHC Report for in-depth coverage on the sessions featured at the 2016 March on Washington Conference.

Now is a crucial time to voice your opinion on many of the matters of importance to home care hospice. Make sure to register for the March on Washington here. Conference program and hotel information is also available at that link.




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