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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's Affinity Programs

NAHC helps its members by arranging discounts and group purchasing agreements for products and services every agency uses on a daily basis. Listed below are some examples of special deals and discounts that NAHC members can enjoy.


Powerful learning management solutions for Home Care and Hospice professionals

Relias Learning provides online training courses that meet regulatory and compliance standards while ensuring hospice volunteers and home health aides are positioned to confidently provide specialized care and improve client outcomes.

As a NAHC member, you can enjoy benefits through our partnership which include:

  • Access to all NAHC education content at discounted rates through Homecare University
  • Access to select discounted Relias courses through Homecare University

In addition, NAHC members enjoy a discount of 20% on our Relias Learning Management System, which provides:

  • Proactive, systematic training to speed up on-boarding and streamline staff development to maximize organizational performance and support your specific strategic initiatives
  • Customized training options so you can drive compliance with your training and continuous improvement programs
  • Automated training management tools that save time and money and track training results

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Edelman Financial Services

NAHC’s partnership with Edelman Financial Services means you get access to free financial education and advice!

You and your employees devote your careers to serving patients every day. Take a moment to let us serve you, and them. We provide — at no cost to you, your organization or your employees — all these benefits:

  • Private meetings with an experienced Edelman Financial planner to get one-on-one advice and a FREE financial plan (an $800 value!) This fee is waived for you and your employees thanks to NAHC.
  • Personal finance seminars at your location, our offices or offsite, and free admission to our public seminars all year long. Topics range from retirement planning to investment management and so much more! 
  • Free copies of Ric Edelman’s bestselling books, plus free access to our on-demand webinars and newsletter.
  • And more!

For nearly 30 years, Edelman Financial Services has provided comprehensive financial planning and investment management services for individuals and families, as well as 401(k) plans and institutional investment management for businesses.

Visit or call 888-PLAN-RIC (888-752-6742) to learn more and to get started with your own FREE financial plan today!

Ric Edelman, Chairman and CEO of Edelman Financial Services, LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor, is an Investment Advisor Representative who offers advisory services through EFS and is a Registered Representative and Registered Principal of, and offers securities through, Sanders Morris Harris LLC, an affiliated broker/dealer, member FINRA/SIPC.


Enterprise Fleet Management

Enterprise Fleet Management offers NAHC members special incentives on car fleets and manages every aspect including vehicle selection, acquisition, fuel, maintenance, risk management, and more. As a NAHC member you can also take advantage of discounts on car rentals for work, vacation or short-term use. Enterprise offers NAHC members special rates for car rentals at Enterprise Rent-a-Car, National, and Alamo:

Up to 25% with National  
Up to 25% with Alamo             
5% off with Enterprise            

NAHC members may call a local rental branch and provide the appropriate rental discount code.

National: 1-800-Car-Rent (1-800-227-7368)      NAHC Discount Code: 5030655       
Alamo:  1-800-Go-Alamo (1-800-462-5266)      NAHC Discount Code: 7016265   
Enterprise: 1 -800-Rent-a-Car (1-800-736-8222)      NAHC Discount Code: HAHCERC


Optimal Phone Interpreters

Optimal Phone Interpreters is a national company providing instant telephonic interpretation services in over 200 languages 24/7/365.  NAHC has selected us as a strategic partner due to the Quality Service we provide. We specialize in providing interpretation to the healthcare industry.  Our interpreters are professionals who have passed a thorough testing and training process with a focus on medical interpretation. Our  Quality Assurance Department ensures on-going compliance with protocols. We also provide Document Translation.  As a member of NAHC you are will receive the special NAHC reduced rate of $1.09/ minute.

OPI lets you communicate with your patients in All Languages, All the Time.  

Call us at 877-746-4674 to begin service or to obtain additional information.


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