New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) pledged to put $10 billion toward boosting the state’s health care workforce and other concerns as the state grapples with surging COVID-19 infections.
Hochul discussed the plan in her State of the State speech delivered Wednesday in the State Assembly, announcing that New York would “will make the largest investment in health care in State history, $10 billion dollars” in order to “bolster our bone-tired healthcare workforce.”
“Simply put, we must build the health care system of tomorrow,” the state of the state report added.
“To do that, Governor Hochul will make more than a $10 billion, multi-year investment in healthcare, including more than $4 billion to support wages and bonuses for healthcare workers.”
The governor added that the state would aim to grow its health care workforce by 20 percent over the next five years.
Last month, the governor reduced the time required for health care workers to quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19. Her announcement followed similar guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to shorten the quarantine time for some COVID-19 infections in an effort to combat staffing shortages.