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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

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

November 17, 2011 10:19 AM


For additional information:

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

WASHINGTON D.C. (November 17, 2011) – Val J. Halamandaris, president of The National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC), issued the following statement in support of the numerous coalitions, organizations, and individuals rallying today in the Senate to send a message to the Congress that promoting job growth is of utmost importance to the nation’s economy and that cuts to Medicare and Medicaid will only harm job growth.

“As the time nears for the bi-partisan supercommittee to make its recommendations on deficit reduction, it is highly important that the supercommittee members, and all members of Congress, hear the message from home care and hospice providers that the main key to the issue of deficit reduction is to grow the economy through job growth not stifle job growth with further cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. Home care is a major source of jobs. Total employment in the industry increased by an average of 6.2 percent annually from 1999 to 2008 and is expected to rise by 50 percent more by 2018. Home care providers added employees in every quarter during the recent economic downturn. Statistics from the Bureau of Statistics of the U.S. Labor Department show that four of the top five most needed jobs in the coming years are in the health care industry, and more specifically, the majority of these jobs are in home health care. With the aging of the Baby Boomer generation and the prospect of the over-65 population doubling in the next twenty-five years, the need for home health workers will continue to rise. Now is not the time to slow this growth.

While cuts to Medicare and Medicaid are not the answer, government can play a constructive role in the growing home health provider employment base. Government agencies should participate in training workers for the jobs that will be needed most. And this training should accompany accumulated on-the-job experience to help establish a career ladder so that a person who initially is employed as a home health aide can climb this ladder, both assisting their personal career development and providing needed advanced skills for the care they provide, to positions such as a registered nurse and a nurse practitioner. This training and the advancement to higher paying positions will also serve to encourage minority workers to enter the home health care field.

The supercommittee also needs to be cognizant as they consider cuts to Medicare and Medicaid that affect home care providers that many home care providers are small businesses. Small business is often termed the ‘engine of growth’ and is crucial to creating jobs. Approximately one third of the 33,000 home care agencies in the United States are individually owned small businesses. These businesses should not only be able to operate on a level playing field but should be supported by government, through programs such as SBA loans, to ensure their success as job generators.”

Home care has proven itself to be an effective way to reduce health care costs as an alternative to expensive hospitalizations. And it can now, by providing job growth, be an equally important force in improving the economy. We hope that in its deliberations, the supercommittee will recognize this.

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 and




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