NAHC Meets with Congressman Langevin
August 26, 2014 01:34 PM
Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) and NAHC Executive Vice President, Elaine D. Stephens
Representatives from National Association for Home Care and Hospice recently met with Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) to familiarize him with a range of issues that are of importance to the home health and hospice community.
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. Mr. 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.”
Congressman Langevin is a strong supporter of home care and hospice, and has led efforts to postpone action on the Department of Labor proposal to eliminate the companionship exemption from overtime requirements for home care agencies. Congressman Langevin, was one of those who were initially enthusiastic about the proposed new rule, but, like NAHC, he reached the conclusion that the new rule actually makes things worse for all who work to provide this service to patients. He wrote to the Labor Secretary and met with the Office of Management and Budget about this issue. He has also signed onto a letter to CMS opposing the Medicare home health rebasing payment reductions.