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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


Join the
Virtual Lobby Day!

Download the Lobby
Day Tool Kit Here.

View the NAHC March on Washington Lobby Day Primer Recording

Please join the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) on March 20 & 21, 2017, as leaders and supporters of home care and hospice gather in Washington, D.C. to make our voices heard in the halls of Congress.

NAHC has changed the format of the March on Washington this year because we believe it is important to meet with elected officials and make our case to them more than once a year. We are planning three advocacy events in 2017, in March, June and September. We hope you can attend all of them in person or virtually and that you will 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.)

The 2017 March on Washington kicks off on Monday, March 20, with a Washington Update panel discussion, featuring NAHC leadership and political experts discussing the critical issues facing home care and hospice.

On Tuesday, March 21, we will gather in the morning to march on Capitol Hill for private meetings with Senators and members of the House of Representatives to inform them about our work and ask for their support. NAHC staff will be at the Frederick Douglass Museum all day to debrief you after our day on the Hill, and there will be space to leave your luggage while you are meeting with your elected officials.

Registration and Hotels

There is no cost to participate in the March on Washington event, but registration is required. Click here to register to participate in March on Washington, and click here for a list of hotels close to Capitol Hill and the Frederick Douglass Museum.


Monday, March 20

4:00 - 5:00 pm: March on Washington Reception - meet and greet colleagues from your state and the NAHC staff, and plan for the March

5:00 - 7:00 pm: Washington Update Panel

Tuesday, March 21

8:00 - 9:30 am: Kick-off Breakfast

Beginning at 9:30 am: Individual Appointments with Congressmen

10:00 am - 4:00 pm: Frederick Douglas Museum open

(Monday events and Tuesday breakfast will be held at the Frederick Douglas Museum just blocks from the U.S. Capital, 320 A Street, NE, Washington, D.C.)

This shortened program allows participants to arrive in D.C. on Monday and depart on Tuesday afternoon or evening. Remember, additional March on Washington advocacy days are being planned in June, September.

NAHC March on Washington Lobby Day Primer

Recording is Available Here.

Download the Tool Kit Here.

Program Description:

Join NAHC staff for an educational and prep session in advance of our annual March on Washington Lobby day. In this interactive webinar we will review top priorities to advocate for, tips for lobbying, and end with Q&As.

Program Objectives:

  • Prepare NAHC members for Congressional visits
  • Review lobby materials and helpful tips
  • Review necessary logistics

Program Faculty:

  • Andrea Devoti, NAHC, Vice President for Meetings, Education & Policy
  • William A. Dombi, Esq., Vice President for Law, NAHC
  • Mary Carr, RN, MPH, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, NAHC
  • Theresa M. Forster, Vice President for Hospice Policy & Programs, NAHC
  • Richard Brennan, NAHC, Vice President for Government Affairs
  • Calvin McDaniel, NAHC, Deputy Director for Government Affairs

Recording is Available Here.


If you have questions, please email or call 866.863.3903 to have a representative assist you.


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