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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 Empowers Home Care Rural Advocacy Alliance (HCRAA)

February 27, 2014 08:49 AM


For additional information:

Barbara D. Woolley
National Association for Home Care & Hospice
(202) 547-7424


WASHINGTON D.C. (February 26, 2014) – Val J. Halamandaris, President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) announced NAHC’s support for a new affiliate, the Home Care Rural Advocacy Alliance (HCRAA).

“We are bringing together all the rural home care agencies in America,” said Halamandaris, “and those that provide care to underserved populations in order to make sure these indispensable agencies survive the Medicare payment reform known as rebasing. We also intend to work with them to win the extension of the 3 percent rural add-on, a payment differential that Congress added to help pay for the greater costs of serving patients who live in remote areas of the country. When the add-on expires in 2015, rural agencies will likely need to reduce the services they provide, so saving these agencies is our number-one priority,” he added. “Without them there will be no Medicare-sponsored home care programs outside of America's central cities.”

Halamandaris announced that former Senator John Breaux (D-LA) has agreed to serve as chairman of HCRAA and that former Senator Bob Dole (R-KS) has agreed to serve as co-chairman. “We are honored to have such great leaders for HCRAA,” said Halamandaris. “Their experience in Congress will be invaluable in helping NAHC formulate policy recommendations. Since both senators grew up in rural areas, they understand the special problems facing providers and caregivers who offer needed life-giving services in remote regions of our nation,” he said.

“The timing for this initiative is perfect,” Halamandaris added. “The great promise of the Affordable Care Act lies in its balanced approach to delivery of health care. Where you were born or where you choose to live should not determine whether you have access to quality health care. If America stands for anything, it is equal opportunity and justice.”

Through this new initiative, NAHC will collect information about the unique opportunities and challenges that confront rural home care providers. NAHC will interview hundreds of patients along with their families, and then use their responses in producing both documentary films and policy reports to share with the media and Congress.

“Most people have no idea how far home care nurses, aides, and therapists have to travel to provide needed health care and supportive services to home care patients,” said Halamandaris. “They don’t realize how difficult it is to reach some people who live in rugged terrain. They have no inkling how much more expensive it is to buy gasoline and provide services in remote regions of the U.S — but it’s time for them to learn about the roadblocks these caregivers confront. Members of Congress, in particular, need to know how valuable their services are to those who are so sick they cannot leave home without assistance. Together with HCRAA, we intend to educate Congress, the media and the general public.”

Membership in the new affiliate is open to all NAHC members. The Forum of State Associations has been asked to nominate representatives to serve on HCRAA. The 2014 NAHC March on Washington Conference & Exposition on March 23-26, 2014 will take place at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC, and offer programming created in part by members of HCRAA. For more information about the March on Washington, click here.

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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