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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

Press Releases


Private Duty Home Care Plays Essential Role in Continuum of Care


Health Crisis Faced by U.S. is Brought to Light During National Home Care & Hospice Month


NAHC Praises Class Action Settlement That Protects Medicare Patients


NAHC and DecisionHealth Announce Strategic Alliance


Senators Dole and Daschle Announce 2012 Caring Award Winners


National Association for Home Care & Hospice Hosts CEO Leadership School


National Association for Home Care & Hospice Conference highlights industry with annual awards


Statement by Val J. Halamandaris, President National Association for Home Care & Hospice


NAHC applauds Eli Lilly on health literacy recognition


NAHC applauds recognition of home care in both GOP and DNC Platforms


NAHC Recommends How to Modernize Medicare on the Programís 47th Birthday


Home health care association responds to Supreme Court's decision on Affordable Care Act


Annual conference focuses on home care and hospice financial management and emerging opportunities


Val J. Halamandaris is Honored with Claude D. Pepper National Merit Award from Jose R. Fox, President and CEO, United HomeCare


National Association for Home Care & Hospice and the Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association announce new Uniform Chart of Accounts for industry


NAHC celebrates Nurses during National Nurses Week with official launch of recognition program


Halamandaris to be honored with Lifetime Leadership Award by the Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina


Home Care and Hospice Nurses, Aides and Providers From All 50 States to March on Washington


Harvard Business School Association of Boston to host event addressing large evolving senior market


NAHC partners with Marsh U.S. Consumer


Statement by Val J. Halamandaris, President, National Association for Home Care & Hospice


President Releases 2013 Budget Includes Medicare & Medicaid Cuts and Home Health Copays


National Association for Home Care & Hospice Celebrates Frederick Douglass's Birthday


National Association for Home Care & Hospice Creates Important New Medicaid Affiliate


PDHCA & NPDA Release Companionship Exemption Survey Results: We Need Your Action


Private Duty Home Care Leadership Summit and Exposition in Las Vegas highlights role of in home care


NAHC supports the nomination of Marilyn Tavenner, former home care nurse, as Administrator of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services


Supercommittee's Inability to Reach Agreement on Deficit Reduction Proposal Means No Home Health Co-pays


The National Association for Home Care & Hospice Calls on Congress to Support Health Care Jobs Not Medicare and Medicaid Cuts


The Connecticut Hospice receives the first Joint Commission Advanced Certification for Palliative Care


NAHC statement on CMSí final ruling on 2012 rate


National Home Care & Hospice Month highlights the benefits of being cared for at home


Statement on HHS CLASS Act recommendation


National Association for Home Care & Hospice 30th annual meeting and exposition in Las Vegas a success


NAHC Statement on Senate Finance Committee Report


National Association for Homecare & Hospice 30th annual meeting and expo in Las Vegas highlights role of technology in industry


The National Association for Home Care & Hospice Announces Members of the Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame


Administration short sighted on co-pay recommendation as a way to deficit reduction


New Analysis: Proposed Government Regulation Will Put More Than Half of America's Medicare Home Health Agencies in the Red


Medicare Fraud Strike Force Charges 91 Defendants with $295 Million False Billing


Statement regarding Debt Ceiling agreement


Nurses rally on Capitol Hill to protect home health care


Nurses from Across the Country to Participate in National Tele Town Hall Meeting - Wednesday, July 27


Physician Poll Shows New Medicare Rule Blocking Needed Home Health Care


New Poll Shows Overwhelming, Bipartisan Opposition to Home Health Care Budget Cuts


NAHC Statement on Lieberman-Coburn Medicare Bill


Seniors, Patients, Veterans Organizations Urge Congress and the Obama Administration to Reject Harmful Proposals in Debt Ceiling Compromise


Annual conference will focus on financial management advice for home health businesses as Medicare payment rates tighten


Home health care will shine in light of Gabrielle Giffords


Home Care & Hospice Community Applauds Representatives' Call on CMS to Ease Unnecessary Barriers to Home Care


Home Care & Hospice Community Applauds Senators’ Call on CMS to Ease Unnecessary Barriers to Home Care


Home Care & Hospice Community Encouraged by Recent Data Highlighting Cost Effectiveness of Caring for Seniors and Disabled Americans at Home


Home Healthcare Nurses Association kicks off membership drive during National Nurses Week


Val Halamandaris is honored with Claude Pepper Award at 2011 Aging in America Conference


Home Care & Hospice Community Encouraged by CMS' Proposed 2012 Hospice Wage Index


National Association for Home Care & Hospice Applauds Joint Commission Positioning Statement Citing the Growing Demand, Effectiveness of Home Care Services


Improving Home Care Critical to Addressing Chronic Disease and Reducing Health Care Costs Nationwide


NAHC Commends 'Partnership for Patients' Initiative


NAHC Urges Congress and CMS to reverse face-to-face regulation; CMS decision to enforce rules has dire consequences for homebound patients


Home care & hospice providers from forty six states complete more than one hundred visits with elected officials during the March on Washington


Senators Collins, Thune, Cardin and Wyden address hundreds of home care and hospice providers


CNN political analyst David Gergen spoke with home care and hospice providers at annual March on Washington event


Halamandaris Names Wehri to Join the National Association for Home Care & Hospice and the Hospice Association of America


NAHC President Calls on Congress to Improve Home Care for Seniors


NAHC celebrates the beginning of its 30th year, continues to fight the “last great civil rights battle”


Frederick Douglass Museum Commemorates the Birthday of Great Leader


MedPAC Recommends Copays to Access Medicare Home Health: 'A Discredited Idea,' Says NAHC President


New Medicare requirement for "face-to-face" encounters could have negative consequences for home health care and hospice patients


Expert Panel Highlights Capacity of Home Care to Improve Health Systems


National Home Care & Hospice Month focus on last great civil rights battle


Celebrating National Homecare and Hospice Month in November


2009 NAHC, Cerner BeyondNow 'Excellence in Innovation' Award Goes to Suncoast Hospice


The National Association for Home Care & Hospice announces a strategic partnership with Naylor, LLC to produce an online Agency Locator and annual Industry Directory


Enterprise Fleet Management and National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC)


National End-of-Life Organizations Release Consensus Statement on Hospice, the Medicare Hospice Benefit, and Key Issues for the Future


Escalating Energy Costs Threaten Health Care for Critically Ill and Homebound Seniors: Home Care Nurses, Aides and Therapists Drive 4.8 Billion Miles per Year To Reach Shut-in Patients


NAHC Celebrates its Birthday and the Beginning of its 27th Year


Why the U.S. Should Celebrate the Birthday of Lillian Wald on March 10


U.S. Celebrates National Home Care and Hospice Month in November


General Weslet K. Clark (Ret.) to Address Home Care Professionals


The Newest High-Tech Home Care Equipment and Services on Display!


NAHC Members Take Their Case to Capitol Hill


NAHC Highly Critical of Medicare Payment Rule


NAHC Says Bush Budget Cuts Harm Elderly and Disabled


Elaine D. Stephens, RN, MPH, FHHC, President & Chief Executive Officer, Visiting Nurse Service of Greater Rhode Island, Takes Office as Chairman of NAHC


NAHC Joins with CMS in Campaign to Advance Home Quality


Visiting Angels Joins Private Duty Homecare Association


What Do the Midterm Election Results Portend for Home Care and Hospice?


U.S. Celebrates November as National Home Care and Hospice Month


Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney Wins Claude D. Pepper Award


NAHC Offers Changes to Numerous Aspects of CMS Proposed Rule


NAHC Applauds Senators Seeking Home and Hospice Care Inflation Adjustment


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