Health Care Bonus: Who is eligible for these payments in NY?

One state in the United States of America, namely New York, has launched a new initiative called the Health Care and Mental Hygiene Worker Bonus program that aims at tapping into 1.3 billion dollars from the state budget to help health care and mental hygiene workers.

New York governor Kathy Hochul expanded the list of job titles eligible for the bonus, which now include cleaners and dining staff who work in the health care industry.

Governor Hochul also wants to increase the state’s health care workforce by 20 percent over a period of 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,” Hochul said in a press statement.

“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.”

Who is eligible for the New York Health Care Bonus?

According to the press release, individuals will be eligible for the HWB payments if they “provide hands-on health care services and can include certain front line health care and mental hygiene practitioners, technicians, assistants, support staff and aides.”

State employees who meet the eligibility criteria are also entitled to receive bonuses, with those being distributed by the existing state payroll systems.

How much is the payment?

The final amount will be determined by specific vesting periods or the number of hours worked between a consecutive six-month period between October 1, 2021, through March 31, 2024.

A summary of the payments can be viewed below:

  • Individuals who work least 20 hours but not more than 30 hours a week are eligible for a bonus of 500 dollars.
  • Those who work at least 30 hours but no more than 35 hours per week are eligible for a bonus of 1,000 dollars.
  • Finally, qualified individuals who work at least 35 hours per week are eligible for a bonus of 1,500 dollars.
  • Qualified employees can receive up to a maximum of 3,000 dollars in total bonus payments over two vesting periods