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Capitol Health Call
May 9, 2007

Easing Education Costs

JAMA. 2007;297(18):1970. doi:10.1001/jama.297.18.1970-d

A bill introduced in the Senate on March 29 would give certain physicians and dentists in residency additional time before they are required to begin repaying education loans.

The Medical Education Affordability Act (S 1066 [http://thomas.loc.gov]) would allow students who qualify under the Economic Hardship Deferment to extend their student loan deferments to cover the entire length of a medical or dental residency. Currently, the deferment is available for only 3 years, meaning physicians whose career choices require more than 3 years of residency training may be required to either begin repaying the loans or put them in forbearance.

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