By Mary-Lynn Bender, AACOM Director of Congressional and Public Affairs
In December, House Republicans introduced the PROSPER Act, comprehensive legislation that would reauthorize and overhaul, the Higher Education Act, eliminating the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program for new borrowers in the process. The PSLF Program is an important investment in the health, education, and safety of America’s communities.
With financial assistance from the PSLF Program, osteopathic medical students like Shawn Hamm and Katie Kaeppler plan to serve patients in communities that need them most. If you are a medical or other health professions or graduate student who plans to pursue a career in public service, let your Members of Congress know why PSLF is so vital.
Congress needs to hear from you now! Here are some quick steps you can take to #SavePSLF:
1. Download the #SavePSLF Postcard
ED to MED has created postcards that make it easy for you to tell Congress why saving PSLF is so vital. Add your voice to the conversation! Whichever method you choose, make sure Congress gets the message.
If you are downloading a print postcard, you can either print it at home or at a local shop.
2. Find Your Members of Congress
Use ED to MED’s legislator search tool to find your U.S. Senators and Representative.
3. Send Your Message
Now that you’ve clearly and convincingly articulated why Congress must save PSLF, make sure your lawmakers receive your message. Before you send your postcard, snap a picture or screenshot and share it on social media using the #SavePSLF hashtag. Members of Congress and their staff increasingly use social networking sites to connect with voters, so if your legislators are active on social media, make sure to tag them in your post.
With our nation facing a health professions workforce shortage, Congress must do all it can to protect access to care, especially in rural and medically-underserved areas—a key aim of the PSLF Program. Share your postcard today!