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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

NAHC Ready for Congress to Return

September 7, 2016 01:58 PM

As the August congressional recess comes to an end, NAHC is prepared for Congress to return after Labor Day.  Both the House and Senate are expected to be in session for about one month, although it may be shorter, before adjourning again to campaign for the November 8th election.  This means the month of September is the last chance for legislative activity before the election and “lame duck” session.  While NAHC expects September to be dominated by debate on funding the government and Zika response funding, there will also be a flurry of activity within committees and from individual members utilizing the last few days to introduce legislation and make political and policy statements.

The top debate when Congress returns will be regarding funding the federal government to avert a pre-election shutdown, as the current funding expires September 30th.  Much of this debate will be centered around the length of a funding stopgap bill, with some members of congress wanting the stopgap measure to run into the new year with a new President to negotiate with, while other members are demanding a short term bill to expire during the “lame duck” session of congress.  Alongside these negotiations will be discussions of how to fund a Zika response.  The medical innovation bill, 21st Century Cures Act, is another bill that may see consideration by the full House and Senate.  NAHC is closely monitoring this process, largely to eye any potential vehicles for our own priorities to move, as well as to make sure no troublesome provisions are added to any must-pass spending bill or healthcare legislation.

Looking past the larger debates of spending, NAHC is engaging with and following committee-level activity.  The Ways and Means Health Subcommittee will be holding a hearing on September 7th, titled “Incentivizing Quality Outcomes in Medicare Part A.”  NAHC expects this hearing will have a robust discussion about value based purchasing for post-acute care.  While this hearing is not expected to focus on any specific legislation, NAHC will be monitoring this hearing for priorities we continue to share with the committee from an early version of legislation.  It is also possible that the Senate Finance Committee will release the long-awaited legislation produced by its bipartisan chronic care working group, although it is not likely to be advanced during this session of congress.  As this is one of the last opportunities this congress and before this election, many members of congress may introduce various healthcare-related bills to make statements or solicit feedback prior to reintroduction the following year.

NAHC will be spending much time in September pushing forward priorities, including but not limited to repealing or revising the face-to-face physician encounter requirements, allowing nurse practitioners and physician assistants to order Medicare home health services,  and rejecting the inclusion of the hospice benefit under Medicare Advantage.  NAHC will also continue to engage with Congress to encourage CMS to halt the troubled pre-claim review home health demonstration project.




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