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Babin, Houlahan Reintroduce Bill to Ease Burden on America’s Health Care Providers

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Brian Babin (TX-36) and U.S. Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan (PA-06) issued the following statements on the reintroduction of the Resident Education Deferred Interest Act (REDI Act), H.R. 1202, which addresses the growing doctor shortage, makes medical education more affordable, and boosts health care outcomes in Southeast Texas and across the nation.

“As a dentist, I know firsthand how expensive graduate school is, as well as how burdensome hefty student loans are when you’re working to become a health care professional,” said Rep. Babin. “By the time many medical and dental school students finish their required training, ballooning interest payments too often prevent them from further specializing in practices like radiology or serving in rural areas far from large hospitals. This bill will help remove those barriers, bringing quality doctors and dentists to patients in my district and underserved areas across America, all while protecting medical students from accumulating massive debt on the front end.”

“Students in undergraduate and graduate programs aren’t required to start paying their loans until they complete their programs. For dental and medical students, that same consideration should be extended over the course of their internship and residency requirements,” said Rep. Houlahan. “I’m glad we are re-introducing this bipartisan legislation that will assist those pursuing a medical degree by eliminating an unfair burden. We must continue to work to make these career paths more accessible, and this is a great first step in encouraging more people to enter this lifesaving workforce.”

To read the letter of support from the following organizations, please click here.

Supporting Organizations:

Academy of General Dentistry
American Academy of Dermatology Association
American Academy of Family Physicians
American Academy of Neurology
American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
American Academy of Periodontology
American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research
American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
American Association of Clinical Urologists
American Association of Endodontists
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
American Association of Orthodontists
American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons
American College of Emergency Physicians
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
American College of Prosthodontists
American College of Rheumatology
American College of Surgeons
American Dental Association
American Dental Education Association
American Gastroenterological Association
American Medical Association
American Osteopathic Association
American Psychiatric Association
American Society for Radiation Oncology
American Society of Anesthesiologists
American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists
American Student Dental Association
American Urological Association
College of American Pathologists
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
National Association of Spine Specialists
Renal Physicians Association
Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions
Society for Vascular Surgery
Society of Interventional Radiology
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons