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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

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

November 22, 2011 10:21 AM


For additional information:

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

WASHINGTON D.C. (November 22, 2011) – Val J. Halamandaris, president of The National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC), issued the following statement concerning release of a statement yesterday by the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (supercommittee) that it was unable to reach agreement on a deficit reduction proposal:

“The inability of the supercommittee to reach agreement on a proposal to reduce the budget deficit by $1.2 trillion over the next ten years means that the battle continues to protect home health care for the three and a half million Medicare beneficiaries who receive home health care annually. The sequester process that is triggered by the supercommittee’s result has some advantages for the home health community in that there are no automatic cuts to Medicaid or to Medicare benefits to beneficiaries. However, that process does provide for 2% provider payment cuts totaling $5.6 billion over the next ten years. This is a reduction in support for home health services. Still, it is certainly less than the $20 to $40 billion in beneficiary co-payments and provider payment cuts that were among the suggested proposals considered by the supercommittee.

The future of Medicare and Medicaid is likely to be decided by the choices made in the 2012 elections. The home health care community must continue to demonstrate that home care is both preferred by patients and much less costly than alternative care in hospitals and nursing homes. With 10,000 Baby Boomers turning 65 each day, we must rely more on innovative and cost effective home care. Americans will be living longer, but many will be doing so with multiple chronic illnesses. Home care can and should be used to reduce the tremendous strain that will otherwise be placed on our health care system.

We also must continue to make the case that Medicare home health co-payments are not the answer to Medicare’s financial challenges. There is an illusion that co-pays would save money, however, Congress recognized that copays create unnecessary and counterproductive barriers to care just a few years after Medicare started and deleted the home health co-pay provision in 1972. The reinstitution of co-pays will also only serve to increase the use of costlier forms of care or impose a sick tax on our most vulnerable citizens as they try to stay in their own homes.

The home health care community also plays a vital part in job creation. One thing that most all agree on is that job growth is essential to the success of our national economy. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, four of the top ten most needed jobs over the next ten years are in home health care. As such, support for home care should be a national priority.

I believe that the members of the supercommittee tried very hard to come together on an agreement and that they should be commended for making such a strong effort. It may very well turn out that their efforts have laid the foundation for future success in deficit reduction. Therefore, each supercommittee member should be sincerely thanked for their service over the past several months.”

About NAHC

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is a non-profit 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, disabled and dying. 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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