Val J. Halamandaris is honored with Claude D. Pepper National Merit award from United HomeCare
May 18, 2012 03:00 PM
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Barbara D. Woolley
National Association for Home Care & Hospice
Washington, D.C. (May 18, 2012) – Val J. Halamandaris, President, National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will be presented with the Claude D. Pepper National Merit Award for his invaluable contributions to healthcare and hospice by United HomeCare at its 18th annual Claude Pepper Memorial Awards Dinner in Miami, Florida. He will also serve as the evening’s keynote speaker.
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 and honors those that have made a significant contribution to the needs of elderly and disabled people.
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, where the Honorable Claude Pepper was chairman.
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.
“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.
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 (including acute, long-term, and terminal care) and the caregivers that provide them with in-home health and supportive services.
“Val is truly an inspiration to us for his dedication and commitment of making a positive difference throughout our communities and helping to improve the lives of our nation’s elderly and disabled adults,” said Jose R. Fox, President and CEO of United HomeCare.
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, 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.