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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

Why You Should Attend the March on Washington – In Your Own Words

August 9, 2017 01:25 PM

17_MOW_Web_175x175_v3The National Association for Home Care & Hospice will be holding its third March on Washington of the year on September 11-12 and it is a great opportunity for leading members of the home care and hospice community to advocate for our industry before members of Congress. Registration is open now!

Since our first March on Washington of 2017, we have scored numerous legislative and regulatory victories, demonstrating that these events produce results. (Go here to see a partial listing of those successes.) I could tell you why you should attend the upcoming March on Washington, but I will leave it to one of your own – Doris Visaya, Executive Director of the Home Care Association of Washington – to tell you why this event is so important.


Doris Visaya (right) and Board Chair Rob Krause (left), with Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA-6).

Each year, the Board President and the Executive Director of the Home Care Association of Washington, attend the March on Washington because it provides us with the opportunity to educate our federal representatives, share our concerns with them, and develop relationships that will pay off the short and long term. While much can be done with electronic and telephonic communication, the value of an in-person connection is undeniable and really helps get results. Once you have a personal relationship, the electronic communications are generally far more effective.

As an example, this year one of the priorities we discussed during our congressional visits was the Home Health Planning Improvement Act of 2017. This did not have a bill number when we met our representatives, but we told them we would notify them as soon as there was a bill number and we would ask for their support. As soon as the bill was introduced, we emailed our representatives and two of them signed on as co-sponsors within days!

I have attended several March on Washington events over the years, but the most recent event, which was hosted at the Frederick Douglass Museum, was my favorite. The museum was a great setting for learning and networking, as well as a very convenient base of operations for the March. NAHC provided preparatory sessions to equip us with the most up-to-date information and status on our priorities, as well as to provide the current temperature of the administration, Congress, and CMS! In addition, NAHC staff was present and handy before, during, and after the March to answer questions and help support our congressional visits. Hand-outs were readily available to supplement our information packets.

This year, there are three March on Washington events so if you missed an earlier event you may want to attend the one in September! It is a great opportunity to network with colleagues and work on relationship-building with congressional representatives.

— Doris Visaya, Executive Director of the Home Care Association of Washington

Convinced yet?

While NAHC staffers are constantly advocating to members of Congress for home care and hospice, nothing makes an impact like filling a congressional office with that Member’s own constituents, hard-working nurses, aides, and administrators who can speak personally about what our industry means to America’s elderly and disabled population.

The best way to build on this momentum for policies friendly to home care and hospice is to continue to do what works. The best advocates for home care and hospice are the hard-working people delivering those services to millions of Americans every day. Your Senators and Representatives care what you think and your message is powerful.

Another way to build support for home care and hospice is to invite your Senator or Representative to go on a home visit with you this year. Our goal is to get all 100 Senators on a home visit before the 2018 elections. (Here is more information on how you can do that. NAHC can help.)

We look forward to seeing you in our nation’s capital for the March on Washington in September!




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