Act Now: Contact your members of Congress to support the the Student Loan Forgiveness for Frontline Health Workers Act

We must call on Congress to pass the Student Loan Forgiveness for Frontline Health Workers Act (H.R. 2418), introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY). This legislation would forgive the student loan debt of frontline health workers, including psychologists, providing care for those impacted by COVID-19 and conducting pandemic-related research. This loan forgiveness would apply to all federal and private student loans and the bill ensures that any canceled debt is not considered taxable income. Both paid and volunteer workers, including current trainees, who served for any period during a qualifying emergency, would be eligible. 

Over the past year, many mental and behavioral health providers have been on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, providing much-needed care to individuals struggling to cope with the loss of a loved one, being laid off, adapting to social distancing, as well as the fear of both the virus itself and the unpredictability of what lies ahead. At the same time, it cannot be ignored that pursuing doctoral psychology education and training requires significant economic investments, including incurring substantial debt. This requires commitment and perseverance, which are the exact same qualities that psychologists are bringing to the fore now as they go to the frontlines of this pandemic. 

As Congress develops innovative ways to recognize health care workers for their ongoing commitment to their patients during this pandemic, enacting legislation such as the Student Loan Forgiveness for Frontline Health Workers Act provides economic security when many need it most.

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