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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

Heath 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

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

NAHC Celebrates 24th Anniversary of the ADA

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 23, 2014)– Today, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) commemorates the 24th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In celebration of this historic day, we reflect on the ADA and the many lives it has touched.

  • Approximately 57 million people — 19 percent of the population — had a disability in 2010.
  • About 8.1 million people had vision impairment.
  • Roughly 30.6 million had movement impairment.
  • Approximately 2.4 million had Alzheimer’s disease, senility, or any form of neurocognitive disorders.

“This week, we observe the 24th anniversary of the ADA, a milestone law that guarantees equal opportunity for people with disabilities,” said NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris. “Let us recognize the founding fathers of the ADA who helped wage the last great civil rights battle of our time.”


  • Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) sponsored the ADA at the risk of becoming a target for the opposition, including business, railroads, telecommunications providers, and local governments. When warned of the danger this posed to his political career, he stayed resolved to push the legislation through. “I didn’t get elected to get re-elected,” Harkin said. “My brother is deaf. I understand discrimination. I understand what it means and what this country can look like in 30 years.”
  • Justin Dart chaired the Congressional Task Force on the Rights and Empowerment of Americans with Disabilities. Despite being a polio victim, he chaired 63 forums nationwide and collected over 5,000 documents supporting the ADA. He took pride in the passage of the ADA but stressed that his achievements were only possible with help from hundreds of activists and colleagues. “There is nothing I have accomplished,” he said, “without reaching out to empower others."
  • Bob Dole helped bring the ADA to a vote as minority leader in the Senate. The Kansas Republican and disabled vet, reached across the aisle to expand rights for people with disabilities. “I have supported the ADA,” he said, “because it is a just and fair bill which will bring equality to the lives of all Americans with disabilities. Our message to America is that inequality and prejudice will no longer be tolerated. Our message to people with disabilities is that your time has come.”
  • George H.W. Bush signed the ADA into law as president of the United States. He was committed to tearing down walls for the disabled because he had a daughter who died from leukemia, a son with a learning disability, another son who needed an ostomy bag, and an uncle with quadriplegia. “I am going to do whatever it takes to make sure the disabled are included in the mainstream,” he explained. “For too long they have been left out, but they are not going to be left out anymore.”

These pioneers paved the way for the disabled to live full lives and contribute to their communities. But they can’t do it without help from home care, which will be even more in demand as the 78 million baby boomers reach their retirement years. The vast majority of boomers will demand home care because it helps patients stay independent and keeps families together. Home care is also more cost-effective than institutional options and saves Medicare tens of billions of dollars each year.


About NAHC

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is a nonprofit organization that represents the nation’s 33,000 home care and hospice organizations. NAHC also advocates for the more than two million nurses, therapists, aides and other caregivers employed by such organizations to provide in-home services to some 12 million Americans each year who are infirm, chronically ill, and disabled. Along with its advocacy, NAHC provides information to help its members provide the highest quality of care and is committed to excellence in every respect. To learn more about NAHC, visit




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