Val J. Halamandaris honored with Home Care Champion award from Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts
May 2, 2013 12:29 PM
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Barbara D. Woolley
National Association for Home Care & Hospice
Washington, D.C. (May 2, 2013) – Val J. Halamandaris, President, National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) was honored with the “Home Care Champion” award from the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts (HCAM) at the 2013 Home Care Innovations Showcase & Star Awards ceremony on May 1 at the Revere Hotel in Boston.
The Home Care Champion is the highest award bestowed by HCAM and recognizes an individual or organization that has advanced the image or cause of home care in Massachusetts, demonstrated industry leadership through innovation and vision, or has made outstanding contributions as an advocate for home care at a local, state-wide, or national level.
Halamandaris is a well respected and nationally known expert in health, aging and long-term care. Working with home health advocates since the beginning of his career, Halamandaris served as associate counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Aging for nine years before becoming director of oversight and senior counsel for the House of Representatives Select Committee on Aging. In this position, he worked to preserve and extend Social Security, established a program to help stop abuses in the sale of health insurance in supplementation to Medicare, and removed 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 the largest and most respected professional association representing the interests of Americans who need home care (including acute, long-term, and terminal care) and the caregivers that provide them with in-home health and supportive services.
“I am truly honored and humbled to receive this award from the true heroes – those who everyday work to comfort and serve the ill and dying. There is no more important work than the work done daily to ensure that the poorest, sickest and most vulnerable individuals of Americans are able to be cared for in the comfort of their home,” said Halamandaris.
“Home care agencies and home care beneficiaries have been fortunate to have Val Halamandaris as our champion in Washington, DC. For 40 years he has lead the fight for the rights of the most vulnerable of our citizens to be cared for in their homes. He has assured that home care has the type of bipartisan support in Washington, DC, that many other industries can only envy. The scope and quality of care that we are able to provide Massachusetts citizens every day is a direct result of his advocacy.” Patricia M. Kelleher, Executive Director, Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts.
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 12 million Americans each year who are infirm, chronically ill, and disabled. 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.