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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

Home Health and Hospice Legislative Update

August 9, 2017 01:22 PM

With the Senate wrapping up their legislative session, they have officially joined the House of Representatives in the annual August recess. While on this recess, many federal legislators return home to those they represent. This is a great opportunity to meet with them and advocate for home care and hospice. It is also the perfect time to invite them out for a home care visit. (That link will show you how to do it!) These visits have proven time and again to be incredibly effective in driving awareness of our industry and helping lawmakers come to understand the plight home care and hospice patients and workers face daily. This almost invariably leads to these lawmakers supporting our causes, as well as good publicity for the home care or hospice agency in the local media.

As has been heavily reported on, Congress went into this extended recess without reaching a consensus on reforming our healthcare system. In putting a full seven months of work into these efforts, the vast majority of other healthcare related issues have been pushed aside. With reform talks now on ice, Lawmakers will be looking to push for their priorities to be brought up for a vote. We want to ensure our issues are included in those priorities. A quick review of our priorities:

Home Care

  • The Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act (S. 445/H.R. 1825)
    • Cosponsors: 37 Senators, 114 Representatives
  • The Home Health Documentation and Program Improvement Act (H.R. 2663)
    • Cosponsors: 21 Representatives
  • Preserve Access to Medicare Rural Home Health Services Act (S.353)
    • Cosponsors: 1 Senator


  • Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (S. 693/H.R. 1676)
    • Cosponsors: 9 Senators, 160 Representatives
  • Patient Choice and Quality Care Act (S. 1334/H.R. 2797)
    • Cosponsors: 5 Senators, 11 Representatives

Once Congress resumes in September we suspect the Home Health Documentation and Program Improvement Act (better known as Face to Face/Physician documentation certification legislation) to be introduced in the Senate. Likewise, we anticipate the Preserve Access to Medicare Rural Home Health Services Act (better known as the rural add-on) to be introduced in the House of Representatives. As for hospice, the Palliative Care and hospice Education and Training Act stands a good chance at being “marked-up” in the fall. This is an important and necessary step in the legislative process where the legislative language will be reviewed by the committee with jurisdiction over the matter.

Over the next month we encourage you to contact your congressional representation and request that they support home care and hospice. Many legislators will hold town halls, appear at county fairs, and hold “Coffee with your Congressman.” These are all ideal opportunities to get face time with a member of Congress. If you’re not able to make it to these events, calls and personal messages are great alternatives. In addition, we strongly encourage everyone to make use of the NAHC Legislative Action Center, which is a simple and easy way to send a message of support for home care and hospice to your specific elected representatives.




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