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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

Education and Discussion on Day 1 of March on Washington

June 13, 2017 03:08 PM

The first day of the June 2017 edition of NAHC’s March on Washington featured education and conversation, as NAHC staff met with home care and hospice advocates from around the country at the Frederick Douglass Museum on Capitol Hill.

“This is a critical time” in Washington for health care, said NAHC Counsel Ben Nelson, a two-term Governor and Senator from Nebraska. “Every time you come to Washington is a chance you have to make a difference” for home care and hospice.

NAHC staffers went over in detail the top home care and hospice issues before Congress right now, listening to concerns from agency owners and offering insight into how to advocate in a congressional office.

“Focus on the staff,” when lobbing on Capitol Hill, said Senator Nelson. “I was never better than my staff,” explained Nelson, who informed attendees that individual members of Congress rely on their staff for information and can be heavily influenced by them.

“Don’t forget to add your personal stories” when speaking to members of Congress and their staff, suggested NAHC Vice President Policy, Meetings and Education Andrea Devoti, an experienced veteran in lobbying legislators who ran a home care agency for 20 years.

Although the Republicans who control Congress are preoccupied with the American Health Care Act, their repeal-and-replace solution to the Affordable Care Act, there will be opportunities for the home care and hospice community to advance its interests, said NAHC Vice President for Law Bill Dombi.

Attendees flying-in for the March shared personal experience and stories related to NAHC legislative priorities. Of particular note were the varied frustrations dealing with the face to face and physician documentation regulatory challenge.

Following the discussion was a reception where attendees, NAHC staff, and Senator Nelson were able to network, make new connections, and share personal and professional stories with one another.

The top priorities discussed by attendees and NAHC staffers were as follows:

Home Care

  • Support the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act (S. 445/H.R. 1825), which would allow Nurse Practitioners, Advanced Practice Nurses, and Physician Assistants to sign Medicare home health care plans;
  • Support the Preserve Access to Medicare Rural Home Health Services Act (S. 353), which would  make permanent the three percent add-on for home health services delivered to residents of rural areas;
  • Support the Home Health Documentation and Program Improvement Act (H.R. 2663, Face to Face/Physician Certification Documentation), which would direct the CMS to consider the entire patient record, including the home health agency’s record, when determining benefit eligibility.


  • Support the Patient Choice and Quality Care Act (H.R. 2797), which would test advanced illness models and early use of palliative care, as well as encourage use of interdisciplinary teams to meet all a patient’s goals and support his or her end of life decisions;
  • Support the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (S. 693/H.R. 1676), which would boost palliative care training for physicians and other providers, as well as increase palliative care and hospice research and education.

Please go to the Virtual Lobby Day page and click on the ADD YOUR VOICE button below each issue. That will take you to a page where you can quickly and painlessly send an email to members of Congress to take action on behalf of the vast and growing community of Americans who depend on home care and hospice.




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