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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

Sen. Jerry Moran to Speak at NAHC’s March on Washington Conference

March 24, 2016 08:50 AM

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) today announced that United States Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) will address the Senate Breakfast at the 2016 Home Care & Hospice March on Washington Conference, joining five other Senators already confirmed. Sen. Moran is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, with jurisdiction over all federal spending including the Department of Health and Human Service, as well as a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

The other Senators speaking include: Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), who chairs the Special Committee on Aging; Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), a member of the Senate Finance Committee with jurisdiction over Medicare and Medicaid; 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; Senator Al Franken (D-MN), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. All six senators are long-time home care and hospice champions (see previous NAHC Report article here).

Sen. Moran is a co-sponsor of the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act (S. 578), which would allow Nurse Practitioners and physician assistants to certify Medicare home health plans of care. The legislation is one of NAHC’s top priorities.

He last addressed the 2013 March on Washington Senate Breakfast, when hesaid that, “My passion is to ensure the way we live our lives in rural America survives for another generation,” and that, “part of keeping people at home is keeping available access to high quality health care” (see previous NAHC Report article here).

Sen. Moran has continuously made home care visits in his home state of Kansas, including in 2013 when then-Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner joined him for a home care visit at his invitation (see previous NAHC Report article here).

“Access to home care and other quality health care services determines whether Kansans can remain in the communities they call home and whether their children can return to raise families of their own,” Sen. Moran said. “As a member of the Senate Rural Health Caucus, I understand that cities and towns are strengthened when Kansans have access to health care networks within their own communities and that home health care services are an integral part of this. Home health care allows individuals to receive the important care they need in their homes with their families, where they feel most comfortable. And home health services are a cost-effective alternative to other forms of care, especially when an individual may live a long distance from a hospital or clinic.”

“Many of Kansas’s health care providers operate on tight margins,” he said, “to provide quality care to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries spread across a wide area. Each time I visit one of these facilities and meet the individuals providing care to Kansans, I learn something new about the unique challenges they face.”

If you have not yet done so, make sure to register for the 2016 March on Washington Conference here.




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