Val Halamandaris is honored with Claude Pepper Award at 2011 Aging in America Conference
April 29, 2011 11:59 AM
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Barbara D. Woolley
National Association for Home Care & Hospice
WASHINGTON D.C. (April 29, 2011) – Val Halamandaris was presented with the Claude Pepper Award for excellence in community-based long-term care by the National Council on Aging at the 2011 Aging in America Conference.
This award is named in honor of the late Claude Pepper – universally recognized “as the voice of senior citizens” throughout his five decades of service in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. It is awarded annually and past recipients have included a mix of elected officials and private sector individuals.
In 1984, Congressman Pepper described Halamandaris in the Congressional Record “as a champion of home care as an alternative to unnecessary and premature institutionalization.”
Congressman Pepper commended Halamandaris for his work, saying he “has demonstrated a deep and lasting commitment to betterment of our country, he has done much to restore confidence in our government and to earn the respect of this Congress and of the people of the United States.”
Under Chair Pepper, Halamandaris worked to preserve and extend Social Security, establish a program to help stop abuses in the sale of health insurance in supplementation to Medicare, and remove impediments restricting use of the Medicare and Medicaid home care benefit.
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 in its 30 th year and is the largest and most respected professional association representing the interests of Americans who need home care and hospice.
“I am honored to receive this award, especially since I have a history with and great respect for Senator Pepper and know the love, dedication and commitment he had in promoting the dignity of our aging population,” said Halamandaris.
“NCOA is excited to be a part of this great event, and honored to have such influential award winners in the field of aging for 2011,” said Jim Firman, president and CEO of NCOA. “These community leaders have worked with NCOA to truly improve the lives of millions of older adults, and we thank them for their contributions.”
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is a nonprofit 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 10 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 www.nahc.org.
The National Council on Aging is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. NCOA is a national voice for older Americans—especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged—and the community organizations that serve them. It brings together nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government to develop creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults. NCOA works with thousands of organizations across the country to help seniors find jobs and benefits, improve their health, live independently, and remain active in their communities.