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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: “Caring for Other People Really is the Way We Make the World a Better Place”

May 1, 2016 11:42 AM
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United States Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) spoke at the National Association for Home Care & Hospice’s (NAHC) 2016 March on Washington Senate Breakfast. Sen. Moran is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, with jurisdiction over all federal spending including that of the Department of Health and Human Service, as well as a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Sen. Moran is a co-sponsor of the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act (S. 578), one of NAHC’s top priorities, which would allow Nurse Practitioners and physician assistants to certify Medicare home health services. He had previously addressed the 2013 March on Washington Senate Breakfast.

Introducing Sen. Moran was Ms. Jane Kelly, Executive Director of the Kansas Home Care Association. She said Sen. Moran is “a leader in veterans’ issues, and health care has been one of his top priorities—particularly rural health.” Ms. Kelly also cited his support for the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act, face-to-face reform, and the Medicare rural add-on for home health.

“Sen. Moran is highly regarded by the Kansas home care and hospice community as he appreciates the importance of caring for people in their homes and communities whenever possible. I’m proud to say Sen. Moran has been on not one but two home health care visits, and one of those included bringing along then-Administrator [of CMS] Marilyn Tavenner to a home care visit,” she said. “He knows how important it is to keep people in their homes, as his parents stayed in their homes on a rural Kansas farm into their 90s.”

“It’s good to be back in front of you health care professional and advocates who understand and care about people at various stages of their life,” Sen. Moran said.  “I express my gratitude for the profession, career, challenges you have decided to accept in your life.”

Sen. Moran said the care provided in communities through home care and hospice makes the world a better place. “I am of the view that we each change the world one soul, one person at a time,” he said. “What individuals do in their home communities—in churches and schools and what we do across America—caring for other people really is the way we make the world a better place. While it’s an honor to represent Kansas in the United States Senate, I always want to make certain people know we appreciate what they do one person at a time, improving lives, therefore improving the world.”

Having been raised in a rural area, he said health care is one of his top priorities because he has seen the challenges of providing quality care in rural communities and its importance in people’s lives. “If my hometown has a future, it’s because we have access to quality health care that’s provided in a caring way,” he said. “So, a lot of the focus that we have in our nation’s capitol is trying to make certain that point of view is conveyed and the importance of providing health care in all settings across the country, from rural to suburban to urban to Indian reservations—just the wide gamut of America—must have access to health care. I suppose that sometimes we think of that as hospitals and doctors, and it is, but it’s much larger than that. Many communities that I represent have no hospital; have no doctor.”

He also spoke regarding the challenges of providing home health care in rural areas. “It is a challenge to provide home health care in places that are 30, 40, 50 miles apart from each other,” he said. “The idea of a physician having to sign papers is also an issue in rural America. Finding that physician for getting that permission is sometimes a pretty difficult thing to do and circumstances require immediate action.”

In addition, he said, Congress is working to improve care for veterans. He said many veterans are “slipping through the cracks” and one of the solutions is to provide them with more home and community-based health care through private providers. “We all know that almost without exception an individual would prefer to be cared for in their home community nearby their family and loved ones. Usually VA facilities are long distances away. So there’s an opportunity to provide great quality health care surrounded by loving and caring people, and we just need the VA to get through the bureaucracy sufficiently well enough to allow those contracts to occur.”




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