New York Launches Healthcare Worker Bonus Program

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) – New York officially launched the state’s health care and mental hygiene worker bonus program.

The program includes $1.3 billion for the payment of recruitment and retention bonuses.

Bonuses will be awarded to eligible workers who make less than $125,000 annually and remain in their positions for at least six months. The bonuses will be on par with the number of hours worked and length of service for up to a total of $3,000 per employee.

This program is a part of Governor Kathy Hochul’s aim to increase the state’s health care workforce by 20 percent over the next five years.

“Throughout the pandemic, including the early days when many were hunkered down at home, our health care workers and first responders have shown up day after day to keep New Yorkers healthy and save lives,” Governor Hochul said. “Health care workers are the foundation of our medical system, and we need to acknowledge the sacrifices they have made to bring us through these challenging times. Our bonus program is about more than just thanks, this is an investment in health care and with it we will retain, rebuild, and grow our health care workforce and ensure we deliver the highest quality care for New Yorkers.”

Qualified employees who work:

  • At least 20 hours but no more than 30 hours per week are eligible for a bonus of $500
  • At least 30 hours but no more than 35 hours per week are eligible for a bonus of $1,000
  • At least 35 hours per week are eligible for a bonus of $1,500


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