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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. 

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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.

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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

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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 element...it’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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Frank E. Moss, former U.S. Senator

Anyone working on health care issues in Congress knows the name Val J. Halamandaris.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Former President Bill Clinton

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Speakers at the March on Washington / Private Duty Home Care Integrated Conference & Exposition

Monday, March 18, 2013, General Session, 9:00 am – 10:30 am

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Alex Castellanos
Political Strategist and Analyst, CNN

Alex Castellanos

Political Strategist and Analyst, CNN

An integral part of CNN’s “Best Political Team on Television,” Alex Castellanos offers his sharp insights on politics in the age of Obama and what the current climate means for future Republican campaigns. One of the Republican Party’s best-known and most successful strategists, Castellanos has been credited with discovering the political “soccer mom” and called the “father of the attack ad.” He has written speeches, provided strategy, and created TV commercials for seven U.S. presidential candidates. Castellanos has also helped elect over a dozen U.S. senators and governors, and he was among the first to bring winning strategies from the political world to corporate America. He is a co-founder of Purple Strategies, a public affairs communications firm that takes its name from the merger of colors identified with Democrats (blue) and Republicans (red). “Times of great change are times of great peril but also tremendous opportunity for business,” Castellanos says. “Democrats are not becoming Republicans, nor are Republicans becoming Democrats. On some issues, like economic growth, we are all in the same boat. That gives us the opportunity to unite a red and a blue communications perspective.” In addition to his appearances on CNN, Castellanos posts regularly on media outlets including The Huffington Post, NationalReview.com, and CNN.com.

 

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Mark Shields
Syndicated Columnist & Political Analyst, PBS NewsHour

Mark Shields

Syndicated Columnist & Political Analyst, PBS NewsHour

The Wall Street Journal has called Mark Shields “the wittiest political analyst around” and frequently the most trenchant, fair-minded, and thoughtful.” The Washington Post has called Shields “a walking almanac of American politics.” His insights are up-to-the minute, drawn from four decades of knowing, covering, and savoring the country and its politics. A nationally known columnist and commentator, Shields has worked in Washington through the administrations of nine presidents. He was an editorial writer for The Washington Post, where he began his column in 1979. Since 1988, Shields has provided weekly analysis and commentary on national campaigns for PBS NewsHour, where he has matched wits with The Wall Street Journal’s Paul Gigot and David Brooks of The New York Times. For 17 years, Shields was moderator and panelist on CNN’s Capital Gang. He now is a regular panelist on Inside Washington, which is seen weekly on ABC and PBS. In addition to attending 17 national party conventions and working on or covering the last 11 presidential elections, Shields has taught American politics and the press at the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University. On the Campaign Trail, his book on the 1984 presidential campaign, has been praised as “funny,” “irreverent,” and “for bringing that race to a magnificent light.”

 

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Honorable Barbara B. Kennelly
Former Congresswoman and Chief Executive Officer of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

Honorable Barbara B. Kennelly

Former Congresswoman and Chief Executive Officer of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

Barbara Kennelly, Member of Congress 1982-1999, spent nearly two decades on the House Ways and Means Committee.  During that time, she championed legislation covering a wide range of national issues including tax reform, child support, housing credits and welfare reform.  During her years in Congress, she also served on the House Committee on Intelligence, was Chief Majority Whip and a member of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.  She was also elected as the Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, which made her the highest ranking Democratic woman at that time. 

Mrs. Kennelly has spent much of her recent career in the Social Security and health fields, participating in critical healthcare policy debates, especially involving Medicare.  She has helped shape legislative initiatives that advanced the multiple interests of consumer groups, the health insurance industry, hospitals, practitioners, nursing homes and others.

Prior to her election to Congress, Mrs. Kennelly served as Secretary of the State of Connecticut and as a member of the Hartford Court of Common Council.  After her Congressional service she became Counselor to the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration.  She later advised corporate clients on a range of domestic issues, especially tax legislation, as a lobbyist for the Federal Policy Practice Group at Baker & Hostetler and subsequently served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare for nine years. 

 

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Karyn Buxman
Founder and President of HUMORx

Karyn Buxman

Founder and President of HUMORx

Karyn Buxman is Founder and President of HUMORx, a humor based stress management and communications company. Her vision to leave a legacy of humor and laughter across the world is what drives her and her business to continually inform and inspire people in all aspects of life to gain the maximum benefits of humor and laughter in their personal and professional lives, thereby contributing to healthier and happier communities.

Karyn’s commitment to spreading the good news of humor is evident in her contributions to several book anthologies, including Chicken Soup for the Nurses’ Soul, Chicken Soup for the Christian Woman’s Soul and Give Stress A Rest. For 10 years she was a contributing editor for the Journal of Nursing Jocularity and for 5 years edited the national newsletter for AATH. Her articles appear in numerous professional and industry journals such as Humor and Health Journal, Tax-Pro Monthly and Healthcare Review. Karyn also wrote and published, “This Won’t Hurt a Bit! And other Fractured Truths in Healthcare,” a 96-page collection of stories, quotes, jokes and cartoons for those on the giving and receiving end of healthcare and is currently working with her agent on her latest book in which Karyn will reveal her “Laugh Strategies” to the world.

Karyn’s impact is also felt globally through her involvement with the International Society of Humor Studies (ISHS) and in 1999, she co-founded The World Laughter Tour; an organization that strives for world peace through laughter. Their creed: "Together we can lead the world to health, happiness, and peace through laughter." Her 4 websites as well as the World Laughter Tour site, receive hits from readers around the world.











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