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State lawmakers want to address healthcare workforce at upcoming hearing

State lawmakers are preparing for a legislative public hearing scheduled for December 19 in New York City, aiming to address critical issues within New York’s health care sector.


This hearing will gather input from health care workers, providers, and stakeholders statewide, helping legislators determine the most pressing needs and strategies to strengthen the health care workforce in the upcoming 2024 budget.

The focus will be on addressing staffing challenges, reducing health care costs, and introducing new education programs, with an eye on the projected $4.3 billion budget gap.


The session will also consider proposals like entering the multi-state Nurse Licensure Compact and exploring changes in the scope of practice for various medical professionals.

However, with limited budgetary resources, potential adjustments to Medicaid, one of the state’s largest expenditures, are likely.

Governor Hochul’s administration remains committed to reinforcing the state’s healthcare system, as evidenced by a substantial $22 billion multi-year commitment in the enacted state budget. This includes increases in Medicaid reimbursement rates and efforts to strengthen the health care workforce, underscoring the state’s dedication to the well-being of New Yorkers.