August 3, 2022
Topic: Healthcare Workforce Initiatives
Began by discussing toll COVID-19 took on essential workers. Ongoing Hochul Commitment: Grow workforce by 20% over 5 years.
1) Scholarships to Pay for Education of Healthcare Workers
NYS identified 1,000 scholarship winners State spent $15M 63,000 people applied for 1,000 slots.
Scholarships to attend a SUNY or CUNY institution with a corresponding commitment by award winner to stay with state for minimum of 2 years.
2) HCW Bonuses: State will launch online portal for healthcare worker bonuses Governor briefly mentioned state intends to open a portal but no further information was provided. No timeframes.
3) Other recently enacted state budget initiatives including:-$2.4B for healthcare infrastructure and lab capacity-$4B to hospitals struggling to recover from financial hit from COVID-$7.7B to increase wages for home healthcare workers