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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

Make Sure to Schedule Meetings with Your Congressional Offices for the March on Washington!

March 10, 2016 01:11 PM

It is particularly important to attend this year’s March on Washington Conference because home care and hospice advocates have a wide range of pressing issues to bring up with their Congressional offices during their time in Washington. Remember it is important to schedule meetings with your Congressional offices as early as possible, as staff and members’ schedules can fill up quickly with other meetings and legislative business. The 2016 March on Washington Conference is taking place on April 3 – April 5 in Washington, D.C.

When scheduling your meetings, NAHC suggests that you coordinate with your state association (directory available here). This will make it easier for advocates to successfully schedule meetings together rather than individually.

As always, advocates will have ample opportunity to meet with and educate offices of both the House and Senate during the March on Washington. Senators and their staffs will be in Washington that week and available for meetings. While Members of the House surprised everyone by deciding to take off that week and some Representatives may be out of town, NAHC expects House health policy staff will be widely available for meetings; in fact, it may be easier than usual to schedule meetings with House staffers that week.

Your meetings with Congress will be particularly important this year in order to educate Congress about the pressing issues facing the home care and hospice community. In the coming days, NAHC Report will provide more in-depth coverage about the issues on which you should focus during your meetings with Congress. As previously reported, NAHC will make available a number of informational resources—including booklets and “legislative hotsheets”— for you to use in your meetings. Some of these issues include:

  • Reforming  the Medicare face-to-face physician encounter requirement
  • Rejecting efforts to include hospice under Medicare Advantage
  • Establishing  reasonable payment rates for Medicare and Medicaid home care and hospice
  • Overseeing  the impact of hospice payment reform
  • Authorizing nurse practitioners and physician assistants to sign orders for home health care
  • Ensuring sensible development of value-based purchasing innovations
  • Extending the rural Medicare payment differential
  • Establishing the patient’s home as the care setting of choice for individuals with chronic illness
  • Rejecting copays: a sick tax that falls most heavily on Americans who can least afford it
  • Providing greater access to telehealth and other home care technology
  • Opposing the institution of untargeted Medicare home health prior authorization

In addition to the face-to-face meetings with Congress, the March on Washington will feature its traditional Senate Breakfast with attendance by several Senators who have been longstanding home care and hospice champions. Already confirmed are 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; and NAHC expects more Senators to confirm in the coming days.

NAHC will also host a reception with U.S. House of Representatives health policy staffers. The reception will provide an 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.

If you have not yet done so, make sure to register for the March on Washington here!




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