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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. 

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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.

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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

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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 element...it’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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Frank E. Moss, former U.S. Senator

Anyone working on health care issues in Congress knows the name Val J. Halamandaris.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Former President Bill Clinton

Sen. Chuck Grassley: Home and Community-Based Care is “Just Common Sense”

April 15, 2016 02:06 PM
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United States Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a member of Senate Finance Committee, with jurisdiction over Medicare and Medicaid, spoke at the National Association’s for Home Care & Hospice’s 2016 March on Washington Senate Breakfast. Sen. Grassley, who has also addressed previous Senate Breakfasts, is a long-standing home care and hospice champion who has supported and sponsored legislation on behalf of the home care and hospice community.

Sen. Grassley was introduced by Thomas J. Moreland, CEO of Spirit Home Healthcare in Urbandale, IA, who noted that the Senator has gone nearly 23 years without missing a vote. As of January 20, 2016, he had cast 7,552 consecutive votes. “Senator Grassley has a reputation in Iowa for keeping touch with the people he represents and in Washington for standing up for commonsense and holding government accountable,” Moreland said. He further noted that Sen. Grassley is a leading cosponsor of the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act (S. 578), which would allow non-physician practitioners to certify home health plans of care. In addition, Moreland said, Sen. Grassley “has continued his long-standing efforts for rural health care, authoring a major reform to the Medicare formula used to reimburse physicians and other health care professionals in rural areas.”

During his remarks, Sen. Grassley spoke about the importance of home care and hospice. “As Congress continues to debate the delivery of quality, affordable health care for all Americans, we must keep in mind the vital role of home care and hospice care. This very day, as you read regularly in the paper, 10,000 Americans will turn 65 and, with aging, there are more problems. That trend of 10,000 every day is going to continue for a long, long time. The delivery of health care to those seniors will occur across a variety of settings, including home care and hospice, and in between there is a continuum of care… We know that you all serve the needs of chronically ill and disabled and, in the case of hospice, people who are in their last days. While you serve people of all ages, the care you provide to our most vulnerable seniors is exemplary,” he said.

Sen. Grassley also noted that there is a humanitarian aspect to the work of home care and hospice professionals. “I want to commend… all of you in this room for the work that you do. You are humanitarian. You may be in business. You may be paid for what you’re doing, but taking care of people, like you do, is a humanitarian aspect as well,” he said.

In addition to cosponsoring S. 578, Sen. Grassley discussed his sponsorship of the Community Based Independence for Seniors Act (S. 704), which would put in place a demonstration program targetinghome and community-based services for low-income Medicare beneficiaries who need help with two or more activities of daily living.

“I have never met one person in all the years of my public life that has said to me I’m just dying to get into a nursing home. I’ve never had anybody tell me that. It’s just common sense. Everyone wants to stay in their own home as long as they can,” he said.

Home care and hospice advocates, Sen. Grassley said, have a “compelling” story to tell, and it is important for them to communicate their perspectives to their members of Congress. 

“Because of you, people are able to receive the health care services that they need to live their lives with dignity, or to spend their final days in as comfortable environment as possible. I urge you, in this principle of exercising your right to petition your government, to make your story known while you’re here in Washington,” he said.

 

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