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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

Associate Membership Benefits

NAHC has created a category of membership designed for companies and organizations which provide essential services and products to the home care and hospice market. Gain credibility as a sponsor of the home care and hospice industry, achieve access to the leaders of this growing market, receive invaluable discounts on our marketing tools, and network with the field at our educational gatherings. To join or renew online please go here. To download an Associate Membership application, click here.

Associate Member Benefits include:
  • Exhibit for Less
  • Discounted Advertising Rates
  • 50% Discount on Mail List
  • The latest Information and In-depth Analysis
  • Networking
  • Discounts on all NAHC Meetings and Conferences
  • Workshops
  • Webinars
  • Expert Advice Is Only One Phone Call Away
  • Expert Advice from the Center for Health Care Law
  • NAHC Legislative Experts Fight for your Interests before Congress and the White House
  • Research to Operate More Efficiently
  • Set the Direction of the Association and Shape the Destiny of the Entire Community

Exhibit for less

An important component of each conference and meeting is the exposition, featuring the latest products and services offered by you. Allied members of NAHC receive generous savings for booths or tabletop displays at all NAHC conferences and meetings. Several of NAHC's Expos offer exhibitors the opportunity to host user group meetings and in-booth educational sessions, providing you with a great way to discuss current and prospective clients' needs. For more information, go to the "Exhibiting Section."

Discounted Advertising Rates

Gain market share and visibility in the home care and hospice community by advertising in any of NAHC's periodicals and on with Associate members receiving a substantial savings of 25% over the nonmember rates. Make sure your products or services will be considered by decision-makers that rely on NAHC's outstanding publications for late-breaking news and information. Get even more coverage by promoting your message in NAHC meeting programs. For more information go to the "Advertising Section."

50% Discount on Mail List

NAHC has the most comprehensive list of agencies providing home care and hospice services in the United States. The mailing list includes nearly 22,000 private, governmental, and hospital-based home care agencies, hospices, and home care aide organizations nationwide. The list includes both NAHC member and nonmember agencies and boasts a return rate of less than five percent. Moreover, executive directors are listed as the key contact in 75% of the database records. Allied members can purchase the mail list at a convenient 50% discount. For more information go to the "Mailing List Section."

The latest information and in-depth analysis

One thing NAHC does, and does it fast, is getting members the latest, most accurate news as soon as it happens-sometimes before the information is public. NAHC staff is involved in shaping policy with government agencies overseeing home care and hospice, gathering news and background information on everything that affects you. NAHC keeps its members ahead of the curve on all issues through several sources:

NAHC Report, a daily e-newsletter, offers the latest information on legislation, regulations, litigation, and general news affecting home care and hospice. NAHC members receive a electronic version sent to them in their e-mail, with access to the full text of each article on NAHC's web site.

CARING magazine, NAHC's award-winning monthly, presents in-depth reviews of the latest home care and hospice trends, technology, and issues.

NAHC's Member Network ListServ (Provider Members Only), an online forum for providers monitored by NAHC's experts, gives you instant access to over 1,500 colleagues from across the country. Giving NAHC members a quick and easy method to communicate with each other, just ask a question and receive advice from others in the field.

NAHC Publications and Resources, including manuals, videos, handbooks, public relations materials, and novelties, are designed to assist you in your daily activities. All publications and resources are created by experts with the mission of providing you with the information you need in a easy-to-use format.


NAHC provides the home care and hospice community with a number of different methods to network with their colleagues, comparing notes on what strategies and programs worked and which approaches were counter-productive. This communication makes it easier for NAHC members to care for and provide higher quality services to their patients. NAHC often hears how uplifted members were following conversation with their peers through vehicles provided by NAHC. From a small gathering to a large meeting, NAHC is connecting the home care and hospice community together to share common experiences with one another.

Discounts on all NAHC Meetings and Conferences

One of the best opportunities for professional and personal development is at NAHC's conferences and meetings. Each event is planned with you in mind, examining issues, trends, and recent developments affecting you. With most events offering continuing education for nurses and accountants, NAHC's meetings and conferences provide for an uplifting gathering for caring professionals from around the country. NAHC members will receive discounts on all these meetings, including:

  • NAHC Private Duty Home Care Leadership Summit & Exposition
  • March on Washington & Exposition
  • Home Care Financial Management Conference & Exposition
  • NAHC's Annual Meeting & Exposition

At the largest gathering of home care and hospice professionals, attendees have a unique opportunity to network with their peers from around the United States and the world, hear pre-eminent professional speakers, and participate in cutting edge educational programs. An important component of the Annual Meeting is the HOMECARExpo, displaying state-of-the-art goods, services, and technology from hundreds of home care and hospice vendors. A highlight of every Annual Meeting is the inspirational speakers who excite the entire Meeting during the daily General Sessions.


Throughout the year, NAHC schedules workshops to address emerging issues affecting home care and hospice providers. Throughout 2000, NAHC conducted a series of intensive one-day workshops on PPS. All NAHC workshops are designed to provide you with the latest news and information to assist you in operating more efficiently and effectively under new circumstances. Members are informed of scheduled workshops through NAHC Report, special mailings or faxes, and posting on the NAHC Member Network listserv.


NAHC conducts webinars/teleconference throughout the year. In the convenience of your office, NAHC brings to you the experts and specialists on home care and hospice to provide insights on the latest trends and developments. To participate, all you need is a telephone. With a speakerphone, you can invite as many of your staff into a conference room to benefit from the presentation. As with the workshops, members are informed of scheduled workshops through NAHC Report, and posting on the NAHC Member Network listserv.

Expert Advice is Only One Phone Call Away

NAHC's dedicated team of experts is constantly tracking the latest trends and developments affecting home care and hospice. NAHC members are able to tap into this vital information at their convenience, giving them a competitive advantage over nonmembers. Whether it's a legal, regulatory, financial, or legislative question, NAHC has the expert ready to answer members' specific concerns.

Expert Advice from the Center for Health Care Law

The Center for Health Care Law is like the cavalry charging to your legal rescue. Under the leadership of William A. Dombi, the Center provides NAHC members with free legal advice to understand the laws governing home care and hospice agencies, and discounted legal services for more complex needs. If you need a legal team to fight at your side, there is none better than the staff of the Center for Health Care Law.

NAHC Legislative Experts Fight for Your Interests before Congress and the White House

NAHC is the leading voice for home care and hospice before Congress and the White House, fighting for your interests around the clock. With an uncommon ability to marshall resources and forge coalitions, NAHC approaches legislative advocacy with a broad perspective. The association is guided by President Val J. Halamandaris, with over 35 years experience on Capitol Hill.

Research to Operate More Efficiently

In today's cost-conscious environment, there is no more important element than data in keeping one's agency ahead of the pack. NAHC's dedicated team of researchers is constantly benchmarking the field to better track the latest trends and developments affecting home care and hospice. NAHC members are able to tap into this vital information at their convenience, giving them a competitive advantage over nonmembers.

Set the Direction of the Association and Shape the Destiny of the Entire Community

NAHC is an ideal shared by home care and hospice professionals across the country-providing the highest quality of care for each patient as if they were a loved one. NAHC is a unique membership-driven organization, where the direction and focus is set by members, not staff. Each member is encouraged to volunteer their insights and expertise to benefit all members. NAHC members are setting the course for the entire home care and hospice community by setting the direction of the leader—NAHC.

For questions about Membership, please call NAHC membership services at 202-547-7424, or send an email to

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