NAHC’s President Meets With and Interviews Member of Congress
April 18, 2013 09:42 AM
Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI)
Last week, NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris met with Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) to discuss a wide range of topics of concern to the home care and hospice community. Congressman Langevin has long been a staunch supporter of home care, and continues to be a tireless advocate for preserving access to high-quality home care for the most vulnerable citizens.
Congressman Langevin provides a unique perspective on the need to preserve affordable and accessible home health care. He is the first quadriplegic to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, and currently serves as a co-char of the Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus.
During the meeting, where Mr. Halamandaris interviewed Congressman Langevin, topics discussed ranged from personal heroes and inspiration to the importance of home care - from what advice to give graduating high school seniors to what defines leadership and caring.
“Remember your responsibility to give back,” Congressman Langevin emphasized frequently during the interview. “We all have gifts and talents – things we can do better than anyone else.”
Congressman Jim Langevin has served as the representative from Rhode Island’s Second Congressional District since 2001. During his time in office, Congressman Langevin has not only been a tireless advocate for people with disabilities and civil rights, but has also become a key voice on issues of national security, defense and intelligence – demonstrating both his range of interests and the respect he garners from his fellow Members of Congress on a diversity of different issues both national and personal.
On the subject of home health care, Congressman Langevin’s support comes from his own experiences living a full and active life despite being a quadriplegic since an accident left him paralyzed when he was 16. “Home care is incredibly important. To me, home care means independence and living a full life in my own home… Absent home care may very well have resulted in institutional care.”
A more detailed interview with Congressman Langevin will be available in a future issue of CARING.