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On National Nurses Day, Congressman Higgins Announces Legislation Creating a Tax Credit for Frontline Healthcare Workers

May 6, 2021
Press Release
Bill Would Provide a $5,000 Refundable Tax Credit

On National Nurses Day, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced new legislation that would provide a $5,000 tax credit to nurses and frontline healthcare workers.

“Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, under the weight of additional challenges, our nurses and healthcare workers put their lives and those of their family members at risk to keep Americans safe,” said Congressman Higgins, who serves on the House Ways and Means Committee. “As we look at making investments in the care economy, we can’t only invest in physical healthcare infrastructure, but also in our human infrastructure, properly supporting those who care for all of us.”

Higgins’ legislation would offer a $5,000 refundable tax credit to nurses and other health care support staff such as physicians assistants, nurse practitioners and home health aides. Those working in hospitals, doctor’s offices, long-term care facilities, and patient’s homes would all qualify for the credit.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2018 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses, there are an estimated 3.9 million licensed registered nurses living in the United States. The average age of an RN is 50 years old. Approaching retirements and an aging baby boomer generation which will increase the demand for nurses is expected to lead to nursing shortages. 

The U.S. Bureau of Statistics lists home health aides as the occupation projected to see the most growth between 2019 and 2029, with a need to fill over 1.1 million jobs.  Registered nurses, nursing assistants, and nurse practitioners also make the list of the top 20 occupations with the highest projected employment growth. 

National Nurses Day is celebrated on May 6th each year to recognize the critical role nurses play in society.

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