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H.R. 2976 (115th): Deferment for Active Cancer Treatment Act of 2017

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To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to allow for the deferment of certain student loans during a period in which a borrower is receiving treatment for cancer.

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Sponsor and status

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Sponsor. Representative for Florida's 27th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jun 21, 2017
Length: 5 pages
Jun 21, 2017
115th Congress, 2017–2019
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Provisions of this bill were incorporated into other bills which were enacted.

This bill was incorporated into:

H.R. 6157: Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019 and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019
Enacted — Signed by the President on Sep 28, 2018. (compare text)

Position statements

What legislators are saying

Cancer Patients Now Able to Defer Student Loans While Receiving Active Treatment
    — Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen [R-FL27, 2013-2018] (Sponsor) on Sep 28, 2018

Cancer Patients Now Able to Defer Student Loans While Receiving Active Treatment
    — Rep. Ed Perlmutter [D-CO7] (Co-sponsor) on Oct 1, 2018

Perlmutter Bill to Allow Cancer Patients to Defer Student Loans Expected to Become Law
    — Rep. Ed Perlmutter [D-CO7] (Co-sponsor) on Sep 14, 2018

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What stakeholders are saying

Critical Mass: The Young Adult Cancer Alliance Each year, 80,000 adolescents and young adults between 15 and 39 are diagnosed with cancer in the United States. This is a population that is rarely financially stable enough to have access to paid leave, personal savings, or credit to pay ...


Jun 21, 2017

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H.R. 2976 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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