Sending Office: Honorable Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
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        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Cosponsor the Deferment for Active Cancer Treatment Act (H.R. 2976)

Current Cosponsors (68): Ros-Lehtinen, Perlmutter,
Wasserman Schultz
, Peterson, Diaz-Balart, Duncan, Soto,
, MacArthur, Tonko, Takano, McGovern,
, Polis, DeSaulnier, Raskin, Chu,
, Boyle, Blumenauer, Gonzalez-Colon, Napolitano,
Grijalva, Comstock, Beatty, Clarke, Gaetz, Jackson Lee,
McNerney, Barragan, Eshoo, Bustos, Lofgren,
Schiff, Rosen, Bonamici, Foster, Cohen,
Lieu, Young (AK), Aguilar, Shea-Porter, Roybal-Allard,
Courtney, Capuano, DeFazio, Sewell, Kildee,
Kuster, Young (IA), Gallego, Yarmuth, McCaul, Denham, Davis (IL), Valadao,
Lujan Grisham, Moore, Westerman, McEachin, Donovan,
Doyle, DeLauro, McCollum, Hastings, Upton,
, Wilson, Cummings

Dear Colleague:

We invite you to cosponsor H.R. 2976, the Deferment for Active Cancer Treatment Act. This common sense and bipartisan bill will enable individuals diagnosed with cancer to defer payments on their public student loans as they are actively receiving lifesaving
treatment. Furthermore, it stipulates that interest will not accrue on those loans during the deferment period.

This bill does not change the terms of the loan agreement between lender and borrower beyond placing a pause on repayment while cancer treatment is underway. Allowing individuals to return to full loan repayment status after their treatment ends will not
only benefit their personal financial well-being but assist the entire nation’s economy.

The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2018, 1.7 million Americans will be newly diagnosed with cancer. Beyond the terrible news of a cancer diagnosis these individuals have to endure exhaustive treatment and staggering medical expenses. With all
of their focus on receiving needed treatment, oftentimes cancer patients lose their jobs or become underemployed.

Increasingly, young people are forced into a situation where they have to choose between repaying their student loan debt or covering their medical bills. Facing such dire circumstances and with few good alternatives, more and more cancer patients are forced
to default, only adding to the 11.2% delinquency rate on student loans. 

Congressman Perlmutter and I believe this legislation will provide patients with much needed financial relief and allow them to concentrate on getting back to full health, while keeping their commitment to repay their public student loans.               

We encourage all of our colleagues to stand with cancer patients and support H.R. 2976, the Deferment for Active Cancer Treatment Act.

If you have any questions or would like to become a cosponsor of this legislation, please contact Henry Yaniz with Rep. Ros-Lehtinen at or Julia Harrington with Rep. Perlmutter at



Ileana Ros-Lehtinen                                                   Ed Perlmutter

Member of Congress                                                  Member of Congress


This bill has the support of:

Critical Mass: The Young Adult Cancer Alliance (Washington, DC)

The Samfund (Massachusetts)


AliveandKickn (New Jersey)

First Descents (Colorado)

Steven G AYA Cancer Research Fund (Ohio)

Children’s Minnesota (Minnesota)

Adolescent & Young Adult Oncology

Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University (Illinois)

Minority Donor Awareness Program (Minnesota)

Esperity (California)

True North Treks (Illinois)

Northwestern Medicine (Illinois)

Advocate Children’s Hospital (Illinois)

Alliance for Fertility Preservation (California)

Northwestern University (Illinois)

Blood and Marrow Transplant Information Network (Illinois)

Triage Cancer (California)

Testicular Cancer Society (Ohio)

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults (Maryland)

Smith Center for Healing and the Arts (Washington, DC)

Teen Cancer America (California)

Lacuna Loft (California)

Concierge Nursing (California)

Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, Moffitt Cancer Center (Florida)

HemOnc Pediatric Infusion Center (Illinois)

The Nicholas Connor Institute (California)

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: Economy, Education, HealthCare

Related Bill Information

Bill Type: H.R.
Bill Type: 2976
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