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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. Debbie Stabenow: Home Care and Hospice are a “Critical Lynchpin in Our Health Care System

April 19, 2016 08:38 AM
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United States Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), a member of the Senate Finance Committee with jurisdiction over Medicare and Medicaid, spoke at the National Association for Home Care & Hospice’s (NAHC) 2016 March on Washington Conference Senate Breakfast. Sen. Stabenow also spoke at last year’s Senate Breakfast regarding her efforts to roll-back rebasing and prevent further cuts to home care and hospice. Sen. Stabenow is a home care and hospice champion who has demonstrated her commitment to fighting against proposals to cut Medicare and Medicaid. Before she spoke, NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris recalled her efforts in 1998, “when home care was getting hammered,” to join him in organizing a press conference and petition in support of home care. “She is an activist in the extreme,” Halamandaris said.

Introducing Sen. Stabenow was Ms. Carolyn Flietstra, Executive VP of Home & Community Services, Holland Home in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Ms. Flietstra highlighted Sen. Stabenow’s efforts on “legislation to combat Alzheimer’s disease and also to support those caring for individuals with this devastating disease.” Ms. Flietstra said, Sen. Stabenow “sought to preserve and expand Medicare and ensure access to health care for all Americans. She has led the effort to oppose home health copays and obtain relief from home health rebasing cuts… In Michigan, Sen. Stabenow is well known for her willingness to meet personally with her constituents and fight for our concerns.”

In recalling her childhood, Sen. Stabenow said her mother was a nurse and so she grew up around health care. At a young age, she came to understand the importance of health care, including home care and hospice. “It has been a passion all of my life,” she said. “It’s essential what you do. It brings quality of care and dignity to people when they need it the most… 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 in the climate that we are in.”

Sen. Stabenow noted her support for the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act (S. 578), which would allow Nurse Practitioners and other professionals to sign home health care plans under Medicare. “We need to get that done,” she said.

She also noted her devotion to continuing “to fight against home health copays.” While the fight has been going on for years, she added that she will continue fighting “forever” if that is what it takes. She further expressed support for “reforming the way CMS applies the face-to-face requirement… patients should not be denied claims just because physicians didn’t fill out all of the paperwork.”

In addition, she expressed opposition to prior authorization for home health. “I agree with you that prior authorization for home health is not effective, unless you are trying to create confusion, then it’s very effective,” she said.

The bottom line, she said, is “it’s very important that you are here… that families you represent are heard; that patients are heard; that community members are heard.”

In concluding he remarks, Sen. Stabenow said, “We need people who are directly affected to be speaking out about their stories. It’s harder to cut back on services when there are real people talking about real stories in their families. I encourage you to be aggressive, to be strong, to articulate about a critical lynchpin in our health care system that is home care and hospice. Home care and hospice are critical for us if we’re truly going to give families the support that they need.”




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