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Governor Hochul Announces Launch of The Health Care And Mental Hygiene Worker Bonus Program In NYS - Includes $1.3 Billion Allocated For The Payment Of Recruitment & Retention Bonuses To Certain Health Care & Mental Hygiene Workers

Published Thursday, August 4, 2022
by Governor Hochul’s Press Office
Governor Hochul Announces Launch of The Health Care And Mental Hygiene Worker Bonus Program In NYS - Includes $1.3 Billion Allocated For The Payment Of Recruitment & Retention Bonuses To Certain Health Care & Mental Hygiene Workers

Governor Kathy Hochul has announced the launch of the Health Care and Mental Hygiene Worker Bonus program.

Enacted in the Fiscal Year 2023 New York State Budget, the program includes $1.3 billion allocated for the payment of recruitment and retention bonuses to certain Health Care and Mental Hygiene Workers, a key initiative in the Governor's aim to increase the State's Health Care Workforce by 20% over the next five years

The Governor also announced nearly 1,000 new future Nurses as part of the ongoing efforts to strengthen and bolster New York State's Health Care Workforce.

Applicants were announced as winners of the Nurses for Our Future Scholarship Program - an initiative designed to recruit and retrain Nursing and Health Care Professionals to serve as New York State Registered Nurses (RNs), which are in high demand.

Winners will receive tuition to earn an Associate Degree in Nursing or Bachelor of Science in Nursing at a two-year or four-year State University of New York (SUNY) or City University of New York (CUNY) College or University.

"We all saw during the pandemic that there are individuals who were on the frontlines.  We talk about them, we honor them, and not all heroes wear capes.  Some of them wear scrubs.  It's time to start bolstering that workforce.  And I committed during my first State of the State Address, that we would grow our workforce by twenty-percent over the next five years.  It's ambitious, it's bold, but that's what we do," Governor Hochul said.

“We're here to announce our one thousand scholarship winners of our Nurses for the Future Program. I'm announcing that we're making good on our promise to launch an on-line portal for Health Care Worker bonuses.  This is where employers can claim bonuses for their eligible Workers.  We have identified who the eligible Workers are to make sure that ($1.3 billion) in funds are to eligible Workers who make less than ($125,000) and have remained in their positions for at least six months," the Governor said.

To Directly Access This Labor News Story In Its Entirety, Go To: www.governor.ny.gov/news/video-audio-photos-rush-transcript-governor-hochul-makes-health-care-workforce-announcement

And For More, Go To: https://health.ny.gov/health_care/medicaid/providers/hwb_program/index.htm

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