ED to MED is leading an effort to unify and mobilize a core group of national partners around federal higher education policy issues that affect the future health care workforce. In addition to the 17 organizations that have endorsed our campaign principles, ED to MED welcomes additional allied groups to stand with us in defense of policies that protect patients’ access to health care across the country.
Uniting to Save Public Service Loan Forgiveness
The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program enables students with financial need to afford health professions and other graduate education and to pursue careers in public service, which helps address our nation’s shortage of health care providers in communities most in need. The program has been slated for elimination for new borrowers in the PROSPER Act, legislation proposed in the House of Representatives to reauthorize the Higher Education Act.
Thousands of health professions students rely on loan repayment and forgiveness programs such as PSLF as they serve their communities. For example, sixty-five percent of osteopathic medical students graduating in the 2016-2017 academic year reported their intent to enter the PSLF Program. Without PSLF, health professionals and other students may not be able to afford a career in public service—something our country can’t afford to risk.
With our nation grappling with a health care workforce shortage, it remains critical that we support federal student loan programs that encourage and enable students to pursue careers in public service and health care.
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Urge your Representative to #SavePSLF by joining the PSLF Caucus!