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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

Eight U.S. Senators Speak at the Home Care & Hospice 2016 March on Washington

April 6, 2016 01:47 PM

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice’s (NAHC) 2016 March on Washington Conference brought together some of the leading voices in Congress that have supported the home care and hospice community. Eight U.S. Senators spoke at the March on Washington Senate Breakfast on Tuesday, April 5. The Senators spoke regarding their support for, and personal connections to, home care and hospice, and they expressed their support for NAHC’s legislative priorities. Home care and hospice advocates received guidance on effectively advocating for their patients and employees, and they showed their appreciation to these champions who have worked so hard for seniors and the home care and hospice community. 

The eight who spoke included Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), who chairs the Special Committee on Aging; Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), a member of the Senate Finance Committee with jurisdiction over Medicare and Medicaid; Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a member of Senate Finance Committee; Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and the Special Committee on Aging; Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee; Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS), 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; Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Ranking Member on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee and a member of the Special Committee on Aging; and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and an attendee at last year’s Senate Breakfast.

Thomas J. Moreland, CEO of Spirit Home Healthcare in Urbandale, IA, introduced Sen. Grassley.“I hope you realize that what you’re doing is something that’s protected by the Constitution and the First Amendment,” Sen. Grassley said. “Your right to petition your government is your right to talk to us.”

Introducing Sen. Stabenow was Carolyn Flietstra, Executive VP of Home & Community Services, Holland Home, in Grand Rapids, MI. “It’s essential what you do. It brings quality of care and dignity to people when they need it the most,” Sen. Stabenow said. “The most important thing is what happens in terms of quality of life for people. It’s also true that it’s a smart, cost-effective way to provide health care, and obviously that becomes the very important point.”

Sen. Collins was introduced by Lisa Harvey-McPherson, Vice President of Government Relations at Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems in Waterville, ME. “Issues affecting home health care have always been at the top of my agenda since coming to Washington. It’s been such a pleasure to work with Val and NAHC’s great team; they are absolutely terrific and they represent you well. But, as Val would be the first to tell, it’s your coming to Washington and talking back home with your members who represent you here in Washington that really makes a difference,” Sen. Collins said. 

Nicholas Oliver, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Partnership for Home Care in Providence, RI, introduced Sen. Whitehouse, who spoke about his many of years of experience supporting access to this “incredibly important and humane service.” Sen. Whitehouse said the work of the home care and hospice community “makes an incredible difference in the lives of not just the individual but the family… You humanize that most intimate of moments that we will all face some day, and that is something that is worth everything.”

Sen. Blumenthal was introduced Susan F. Adams, Vice President of Alliance Integration, Masonicare, in Wallingford, CT.“As you know, hospice and health care provided to the elderly are more and more on people’s minds as more and more of us grow older. The demographics of our nation’s population show that we need to pay attention.” He said this requires a focus on home care and hospice, “not just in the abstract, not just in words,” but through action on key priorities.

NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris introduced Sen. Franken. “I just want to say thank you for the work that you do every day on behalf of my family and behalf of every family who has had your care,” Sen. Franken said.

Introducing Sen. Moran was Jane Kelly, Executive Director of the Kansas Home Care Association, in Topeka, KS. “It’s good to be back in front of you health care professionals and advocates who care for people in various stages of their life,” Sen. Moran said. “I express my gratitude for the profession, career, challenges you’ve decided to accept into your life.”

Former U.S. Senator Mark Begich, VP for Policy and Development at NAHC, introduced Sen. Klobuchar. “You are truly heroes to our country and heroes to those who are in that time in their life when they think that no one is there for them,” Sen. Klobuchar said.

Future NAHC Report articles will provide more in-depth coverage of the remarks by the Senators.

Please click here to thank the Senators who took time to speak.




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