State Assemblyman Fred Thiele has joined with Senator Ken LaValle to introduce legislation to establish the New York State Health Care Professionals COVID-19 Heroes Loan Forgiveness Program. This program would offer student loan relief to New York’s frontline health care workers, awarding up to $100,000, not exceeding outstanding student loan debt and based on the availability of funds.
“Frontline health care workers have been rightfully lauded as the heroes of the COVID-19 crisis response for tirelessly working to protect the lives and health of New Yorkers, while selflessly putting their own safety at risk in order to do so,” Thiele said. “However, many of these same health care professionals are facing insurmountable student loan debt used to fund the education that makes them qualified to do this heroic work. This legislation would offer much-deserved relief to these heroes, and I look forward to working with Senator LaValle toward its passage.”
Eligible health care workers include physicians, professional or practical nurses, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and physician assistants or special assistants that have served in direct response to the novel coronavirus public health emergency.
“We owe a debt of gratitude to our health care heroes,” LaValle said. “This legislation is an effort to recognize their commitment to the health and wellbeing of those in their care, and their valiant efforts to treat patients during the COVID pandemic.”