HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1366        FILED ON: 1/18/2017

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 116

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Jeffrey N. Roy

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to a loan repayment program for human service workers.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Jeffrey N. Roy

10th Norfolk

Mathew Muratore

1st Plymouth

Aaron Vega

5th Hampden

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Daniel Cahill

10th Essex

Todd M. Smola

1st Hampden

Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

Jack Lewis

7th Middlesex

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

Kenneth I. Gordon

21st Middlesex

Brian M. Ashe

2nd Hampden

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

James J. Dwyer

30th Middlesex

John W. Scibak

2nd Hampshire

José F. Tosado

9th Hampden

Paul McMurtry

11th Norfolk

Diana DiZoglio

14th Essex

Brian Murray

10th Worcester

Hannah Kane

11th Worcester

Joan B.  Lovely

Second Essex

Bud Williams

11th Hampden

Christopher M. Markey

9th Bristol

Steven Ultrino

33rd Middlesex

Stephan Hay

3rd Worcester

Denise C. Garlick

13th Norfolk

Patricia A. Haddad

5th Bristol

Michelle M. DuBois

10th Plymouth

Gerard Cassidy

9th Plymouth

Barbara A. L'Italien

Second Essex and Middlesex

John J. Mahoney

13th Worcester

Kate D. Campanale

17th Worcester

Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex

Peter V. Kocot

1st Hampshire

Sarah K. Peake

4th Barnstable

Paul A. Schmid, III

8th Bristol

Natalie Higgins

4th Worcester

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

Thomas A. Golden, Jr.

16th Middlesex

Stephen Kulik

1st Franklin

Anne M. Gobi

Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Middlesex

Mike Connolly

26th Middlesex

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1366        FILED ON: 1/18/2017

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 116

By Mr. Roy of Franklin, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 116) of Jeffrey N. Roy and others for legislation to establish a student loan repayment program for human service workers.  Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the One Hundred and Ninetieth General Court
(2017-2018)

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An Act relative to a loan repayment program for human service workers.

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

Section 16 of Chapter 6A shall be amended by inserting the following new section, 16A. There shall be a student loan repayment program for human service workers for the purpose of encouraging individuals to enter and continue to work in human service programs. The Executive Office of Health and Human Services shall administer the program in accordance with guidelines promulgated by the Department of Education.

The term “qualified education loan” shall mean any indebtedness, including interest on such indebtedness, incurred to pay tuition or other direct expenses incurred in the connection with the pursuit of a certificate, undergraduate or graduate degree by an applicant. It shall not include loans made by any person related to the applicant.

To be eligible for this program, a participant must be working a minimum of 35 hours per week as a human service worker and have an individual income of no more than $45,000 per year. Further, individuals must have maintained 12 consecutive months of employment at a minimum of 35 hours per week to be eligible for this program. This program will help defray costs from previously incurred student loans for graduates holding certificate, undergraduate or graduate degrees.

Eligible participants in this program can be reimbursed up to $1,800 per year based on the amount of loan payments made by the participant. The Commonwealth shall repay the eligible participant’s student loan at a rate not to exceed $150 per month for a period not to exceed 48 months. Payments by the Commonwealth shall cover loan payments by the eligible participant only during the months in which the human service workers provides services in the Commonwealth.

A “human service worker” is defined as an individual employed by a human service organization who provides services by supporting individuals’ and families’ efforts to function in daily living situations. Human service worker is a generic term for people who hold professional jobs in settings such as group homes; institutional or residential settings; correctional or community health centers; at family, child and youth service agencies; and at programs that help individuals affected by alcoholism, drug abuse, family violence and/or aging.