A new bill in Congress proposes to forgive some student loan debt carried by those healthcare workers who have fought on the frontlines of the coronavirus, reports Fox 5 KVVU.
The bill, entitled the Student Loan Forgiveness for Frontline Health Workers Act, would create a program that forgives federal and private loans obtained “to receive medical and professional training held by health care workers who have made significant contributions to COVID-19 patient care, medical research, testing and enhancing the capacity of the health care system to respond to this urgent crisis,” according to a press release from the office of Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney of New York, who introduced the bill.
“Frontline health workers are delivering care to the sickest patients and putting their own safety at great risk in order to keep doing their jobs,” the Democrat said in a statement. “And in return, I believe that we have an obligation to ensure that they are relieved of the debt they incurred to train for this critical work — in graduate degree programs or other professional certification,” Maloney says.
The future of the bill is not guaranteed, as debate continues to swirl around current and future coronavirus aid packages.
Read more about the new Student Loan Forgiveness for Frontline Health Workers Act here.