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NAHC Report: Issue# 2304, 10/29/2013
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Caring Hall of Fame Announces 2013 Caring Awards Honorees
NAHC Members Urged to Participate in Virtual Lobby Day
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Caring Hall of Fame Announces 2013 Caring Awards Honorees
Caring Institute announces the most caring people in America

Senators Bob Dole and Tom Daschle, Co-Chairs of the Caring Institute announced the winners of the 2013 Caring Awards. Six adults and four youths are being commemorated at the Caring Awards Ceremony on October 31, in the Cherry Blossom Ballroom, Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, during the National Association for Home Care & Hospice Annual Meeting & Exposition in Washington, DC.

“Each year, it amazes me how compassionate people can be toward humanity,” said Val J. Halamandaris, founder and executive director of the Caring Institute. “I am so proud of our 10 extraordinary winners, and the great service they do for others here in the United States and around the world.”

Some past winners of the Caring Award are: Mother Teresa, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Rabbi David Grossman, Cal Ripken, Jr., Nancy Brinker, and Colin Powell. Like our 2013 winners, they all agree with Albert Einstein that “only a life lived for others is worthwhile.”

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Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) Confirmed to Appear at NAHC’s Annual Meeting
At the General Session, Sunday, November 3, 2013

Senator Moran was taught from an early age the value of a hard day’s work, looking after your neighbors, and serving the community. These same values guide him today as he serves Kansans in the U.S. Senate. Since being elected to the Senate in 2010, he has been a leading advocate for issues related to entrepreneurship, job creation, and innovation. He is committed to putting policies in place that foster economic growth, especially for small business. As ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for Labor, Health and Human Services, and Related Agencies, he is a firm supporter of medical research and believes our nation’s consistent support of medical research is essential to reducing health care costs and strengthening our position as a global leader in medical innovation. Yet this global ambition has not stopped him from remaining true to his roots. Every weekend, he returns home and the conversations he has with Kansans statewide continue to shape the work he does in DC. of the moderate voices around here who tries to get things to work.”

To register for this year’s Annual Meeting, and to hear Senator Jerry Moran in person, please click here.

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NAHC Members Urged to Participate in Virtual Lobby Day
Even if home care and hospice advocates cannot attend this year’s Annual Meeting in Washington, DC in person, their participation is crucial for success

Part of NAHC’s upcoming Annual Meeting & Exposition is a Lobby Day (see NAHC Report October 22, 2013) that will give home care and hospice advocates the chance to meet with lawmakers and staffs and urge them to oppose any additional home health and hospice payment cuts or copayments and to preserve access to home care and hospice services. Even if NAHC members are unable to attend this year’s Annual Meeting in person, they are asked to join in a Virtual Lobby Day, October 31, 2013. Those participating in the Virtual Lobby Day should email, call, or fax their Members of Congress this coming Thursday.

Given the plethora of issues facing NAHC and its members – from rebasing to the face-to-face requirement; from Congressional budget talks to the companionship exemption – this year it is more important than ever for home care and hospice advocates to make their voices and positions on these critical issues known.

“In the more than 30 years I have had the privilege to represent the nation’s home health community, I have never seen a time when our sector faced such devastating funding cuts,” said Val J. Halamandaris, President of the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC).  “The Administration and Congress must not ignore the realities of this proposal and the real threat it poses to the future of home health delivery in America.  These proposed cuts will result in reduced patient access to cost-effective healthcare – the exact opposite of what the Affordable Care Act set out to achieve.”

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