Healthcare workers on the frontlines are putting their lives at risk every day during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which has many asking what can be done to financially help these dedicated individuals.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) plans to introduce new legislation that will do just that by forgiving outstanding student loan debt carried by these frontline healthcare workers. The legislation is titled The Student Debt Forgiveness for Frontline Health Care Workers Act. The hope behind this new legislation is that by forgiving student loan debt for these workers, a large financial burden will be lifted. Additionally, this incentive could possibly drive others to join the healthcare industry and continue the fight against COVID-19.
A great number of frontline healthcare workers carry thousands to tens of thousands in student loan debt from undergraduate and graduate studies. Rep. Maloney has stated that the legislation is meant to not only recognize the sacrifice these workers have made but to also rid them of the insurmountable burden of student loan debt.
The legislation focuses on the graduate school debt only, which arguably constitutes the large majority of student loan debt carried by healthcare workers. To be eligible, the applicant must be employed in the healthcare industry, including those who have recently graduated, as well as those who have been working for quite some time. The workers must be providing direct patient care for individuals afflicted by COVID-19. Healthcare workers include nurses, doctors, as well as other healthcare professionals.
The drive behind the legislation came from a MoveOn.org online petition that had reached the required 500,000 signatures. The writer of the petition was Consuelo Lopez-Morillas, who compared healthcare workers to “soldiers in a war,” fighting COVID-19. The petition stated that if loan forgiveness were implemented, these healthcare professionals would be more likely to work in specialties that are considered lower paying and service patients in both rural and urban areas.
More details will come out as the legislation is presented, and amendments are likely to be offered as the legislation enters debate. However, the introduction of this legislation does signal support coming from government officials for the hard work and sacrifice these medical professionals are making.
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