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NAHC Report: Issue# 2273, 9/13/2013
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Val J. Halamandaris Honored with Home Care and Hospice “Hero Award” from the Ohio Council for Home Care & Hospice
Update on the Home Health Rebasing Dear Colleague Letter
For Your Information: The Importance of Attending NAHC’s Annual Meeting & Exposition this Year
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Val J. Halamandaris Honored with Home Care and Hospice “Hero Award” from the Ohio Council for Home Care & Hospice

Val J. Halamandaris, President, National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) was honored with the “Home Care and Hospice Hero Award” from the Ohio Council for Home Care & Hospice (OCHCH) at the 2013 Fall Conference & Tradeshow Annual Awards Luncheon on September 12 in Columbus, Ohio.  The Home Care and Hospice Hero Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the improvement and advancement of home care and hospice during their career.

Halamandaris is a well-respected and nationally known expert in health, aging, and long-term care.  Working with home health advocates since the beginning of his career, Halamandaris served as associate counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Aging for nine years before becoming director of oversight and senior counsel for the House of Representatives Select Committee on Aging. In this position, he worked to preserve and extend Social Security, established a program to help stop abuses in the sale of health insurance to supplement Medicare, and removed impediments restricting use of the Medicare and Medicaid home care benefits.

Halamandaris started the National Association for Home Care & Hospice in 1982 with the mission of bringing health care back home where it belongs. NAHC is the largest and most-respected professional association representing the interests of Americans who need home care (including acute, long-term, and terminal care) and the caregivers who provide them with in-home health and supportive services.

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The Importance of Attending NAHC’s Annual Meeting & Exposition this Year

"If there was ever a year for home care and hospice managers to join us, this is the year,” said Bill Dombi, Vice President for Law, National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC). “Agencies across the country are faced with looming budget cuts, the possibility of more cost shifting onto beneficiaries, diminishing margins, and increasingly stringent - and often confusing - new regulations. These challenges are offset with great opportunities that we will address." 

With so much at stake, this is the year to attend NAHC’s Annual Meeting & Exposition October 31 – November 3 in Washington, DC.

Register today to join your colleagues in Washington and fight to preserve access to home care and hospice services.

NAHC’s president, Val J. Halamandaris recently made a video updating NAHC members on developments in Washington, though urged all members to join their peers for this year’s Annual Meeting given how high the legislative stakes are for the entire home care and hospice community.

In the video, available here, Mr. Halamandaris states that there is good news in the form of additional tax revenues coming into the Treasury, as well as a strong indicator that the economy is, “starting to boom.”

While the video highlights several pieces of good news at the federal level, Mr. Halamandaris also reminds all NAHC members about how important it is for all NAHC members to attend the Annual Meeting October 31 – November 3 in Washington, DC to continue to fight to preserve Medicare by opposing additional cuts to the program and also opposing the reintroduction of any home care copayments. 
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Update on the Home Health Rebasing Dear Colleague Letter

NAHC Report recently announced that several Members of Congress circulated a Dear Colleague letter in the House and Senator Debbie Stabinow (D-MI) circulated a similar letter to her Democratic Senate colleagues regarding the proposed rebasing rule that would severely cut home care payments under Medicare.

Please take a moment to urge your lawmakers to sign-on to these important letters. Recently, the NAHC Legislative Action Network posted additional resources – including background information and a grassroots letter that NAHC members can send their lawmakers asking them to sign the letter.

The Legislative Action Network resources also include the projected impact that the rebasing rule will have on individual states and districts.

For more information on the rebasing issue, and to ask your elected officials to sign the letter, please click here.

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