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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: January 23, 2023 11:51 AM
From: Representative Bridget M. Kosierowski
To: All House members
Subject: Student Loan Forgiveness for Nurses and Private Care Employees
 

As we continue dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the resurgence of flu and respiratory infections, every person has a role to play in keeping our families and communities as safe and healthy as possible. However, nurses and employees of personal care and assisted living facilities have been forced on the front lines. These individuals potentially expose themselves to viruses every day, risking their own health, in order to save lives.
 
In light of the sacrifices these caring individuals have made in past crises and continue to make, I am introducing legislation to provide Pennsylvania nurses and personal care and assisted living facility employees with student loan forgiveness. The COVID-19 crisis showed how critically important having highly competent nurses and care workers are for our public health. Through a loan forgiveness program, we can reward and support these front-line personnel working around the clock while also encouraging more people to enter the caring professions. If we are going to rely so heavily on nurses and those working in facilities helping our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians, we must take action to show how much we value and appreciate their contributions.
 
Nurses and personal care workers rarely get the recognition they deserve for the vital work they do during normal times, making it more important than ever that we say thank you to them for being the everyday heroes we need. Please join me in showing your gratitude by cosponsoring this important legislation.