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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. Sheldon Whitehouse: Enable Home Care and Hospice that “Aligns with the Patient’s Own Wishes and Care Goals”

April 20, 2016 08:49 AM
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United States Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) spoke at the National Association for Home Care & Hospice’s (NAHC) 2016 March on Washington Conference Senate Breakfast. Sen. Whitehouse is a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and the Special Committee on Aging. NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris recalled that, in addition to attending the Senate Breakfast previously, Sen. Whitehouse spoke last year at a reception hosted by the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations and NAHC celebrating the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid. At that reception, Sen. Whitehouse spoke about the importance of Medicare, saying the program has become so important that many people have forgotten that it is a government program. “They don’t remember that people actually made that happen 50 years ago,” he said. “It only takes courage to make this a courageous time too.”

Mr. Nicholas Oliver, CEO and Executive Director of the Rhode Island Partnership for Home Care in Providence, Rhode Island introduced Sen. Whitehouse. “Sen. Whitehouse is an ardent supporter of public policies to expand access to home care and hospice,” Oliver said.
“Those of us in the Rhode Island home care and hospice community appreciate his long career in public service, fighting to improve the lives of Rhode Islanders.” Sen. Whitehouse’s support, Oliver said, extends to both those working in home care and hospice as well those receiving the services, “many of whom are our oldest, poorest, and sickest Rhode Islanders.”

In addition, Oliver highlighted that Sen. Whitehouse has advocated for post-acute care providers being eligible for incentives within the Meaningful Use program to adopt electronic health records and that he has been “instrumental to expand awareness and access to palliative care services to all Rhode Islanders with chronic and terminal illnesses.”

During his remarks, Sen. Whitehouse spoke about his many of years in public service supporting access to this “incredibly important and humane service.”  He also expressed his understanding of the need “to improve access” to home care and hospice. “We need to have a real sensitivity about the intimacy of the moments that you all engage with and the importance of the echo of those moments into people’s lives for years and decades afterwards. The difference between done right and done wrong creates either a lasting emotional burden or a much better feeling,” he said.

Specifically, Sen. Whitehouse highlighted the need for legislation to allow Nurse Practitioners and other health care professionals to order home health services, as well as to establish pilot programs that would remove barriers to care for vulnerable populations.

“We need to enable care in the right setting, at the right time, in a way that aligns with the patient’s own wishes and care goals. There’s not much that’s more important than that,” Sen. Whitehouse said. “We want you all to be able to build the straight stick that doesn’t have to bend and curve around arbitrary rules but can solve the problem of meeting the patient where they want and need to be.”

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.”




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