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Plan could help health practitioners in loan defaults

Wednesday, January 15, 2020   (0 Comments)
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The News Service of Florida
By NSF Staff

 

Health-care practitioners who default on federal or state guaranteed student loans wouldn’t have to worry about having their licenses, certificates or registrations automatically revoked, under a bill approved Wednesday by the Senate Rules Committee.

The bill (SB 356) would repeal part of state law that has required the Florida Department of Health to obtain information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to investigate and prosecute practitioners for failing to repay student loans or comply with scholarship service obligations. The current law also allows the department to obtain information from financial institutions or educational institutions that provided loans. 

 The bill is now ready for consideration by the full Senate. The House version (HB 115) is slated to be heard Thursday in the House Commerce Committee.

Senate sponsor Travis Huston, R-St. Augustine, told Rules Committee members the proposal would “not forgive students of their debts,” just preclude the Department of Health from revoking their authority to work.

Associated Industries of Florida, the Florida Health Care Association, Americans for Prosperity and the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce supported the bill in the committee Wednesday.