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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

NAHC Celebrates 34th Birthday on March 10

March 10, 2016 01:13 PM

Today, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) celebrates its 34th birthday. On this occasion, NAHC also recognizes the hard work its members have done to win infirm aged, disabled, and dying persons the right to remain independent in their own homes, enjoying their full share of American freedoms.

“NAHC stands for truth, justice, high-quality personalized health care, and freedom,” said Denise Schrader, NAHC’s chairman of the board. “Our record in helping to lead the last great civil rights battle speaks for itself.” To illustrate her point, Schrader offered the following list of achievements:

  • From Obscurity to Universal Acceptance. When NAHC was formed in 1982, only 18 percent of the American public knew what home care was. Today, 90 percent not only understand what home care is but also support its expansion to cover all ill and disabled persons. In 1982, hospice was confused with euthanasia. Today, it is universally applauded for its pain management, palliative care, and success in helping patients live fully to the end of their days.
  • From Seeming Irrelevance to Hyper-Relevance. Home care in 1982 was a tiny part of U.S. health care expenditures, most of which went to pay for acute care. Today, it is the fastest-growing, most-needed part of health care since 90 percent of health care payments go to provide care for chronic diseases — which are the focus of home care.
  • From a Trickle of Information for Public Guidance to a River of Competent Advice. This is available through NAHC’s website, newsletters, web-based television network, and social media, or from search engines that lead with references to NAHC.
  • From Institutional Bias to Preference for Home and Community-Based Care. In 1999, NAHC played a role in encouraging the Supreme Court to issue the Olmstead decision, which directed that states must do everything possible to provide care at home for infirm seniors and disabled persons before placing them in institutions. Similarly, NAHC was influential in convincing the National Governors Association that providing long-term care was the biggest future problem facing the nation. The institutional bias in U.S. health care programs, the governors concluded, must be replaced with one favoring home and community-based care.
  • From Little Help with Business Development to a Panoply of Programs. NAHC interviews top Fortune 500 leaders and shares their thoughts on best practices with home care and hospice executives. NAHC’s Home Care & Hospice Cooperative helps lower the cost of services and assists the public in finding referrals nationwide to meet individual needs.
  • From Few Educational Programs to a Full Catalogue of Online and In-Person Offerings. NAHC meetings provide up-to-the minute information and advice to help home care and hospice professionals improve their skills and keep up with demands of federal and state regulations. The NAHC Annual Meeting, alone, averages 100 educational programs, while also hosting a trade show with the largest selection of home care and hospice products and services in the world.
  • From Confusion to Highly Successful Advocacy. In 1982, seven organizations competed to represent home care and hospice, leading to a division that hampered their efforts to influence Congress and regulatory bodies. Today, there is one major organization that is widely accepted by both political parties on Capitol Hill, recognized by the media, and highly regarded by senior and disability groups. Business experts like Tom Peters, John Naisbitt, and Stephen Covey have proclaimed NAHC the best trade association in Washington, DC, and for good reason. NAHC has enjoyed unparalleled triumphs before Congress, regulatory agencies, and the courts, where it has carried the full burden of protecting those who are so sick they cannot leave home without assistance. Recent victories include repeal of the SGR or “doc fix,” extension of Medicare’s differential payment to help agencies in rural or underserved areas through 2017, and blocking the imposition of Medicare copayments. In addition, NAHC waged a successful legal battle to make CMS repeal the physician narrative in its so-called “face-to-face” regulation.

“Looking back,” Schrader said, “we are proud of all NAHC has achieved to serve those Mother Teresa described as the ‘least among us.’ Yet we know this is just a harbinger of what is to come as we fight to win the last great civil rights battle of our time. We are especially proud of the work NAHC has done with our Foundation for Hospice & Home Care. Together, we have honored those caring people who give without limit to improve life for all.”




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