Learn how to apply for a $3,000 one-time bonus from a $1.3m pot.

A new initiative offering qualified workers a $3,000 bonus.

The Health Care and Mental Hygiene Worker Bonus scheme was introduced by New York Governor Kathy Hochul.

The governor's office press statement says the scheme has $1.3 billion funds to offer.

Frontline health care and mental hygiene personnel making less than $125,000 will get the bonuses.

Workers must be engaged in the work between October 1, 2021 and March 31, 2024 to qualify.

Medicaid providers with at minimum one worker, facilities, pharmacy, and education health clinics are eligible.

Employees who have been terminated or removed from Medicaid cannot receive a bonus.

The health care workers and first rescuers have worked hard to keep New Yorkers healthy and save lives," Hochul added.

Health care employees are the cornerstone of our medical system, and we must recognize their efforts.

Employees will get $3,000 based on hours performed and length of service.

Hochul's policy aims to boost the state's health care staff by 20% over 5 years.

Hochul says New York has 9,300 health care job opportunities.

Workers who stayed on the job during the pandemic and those who returned last fall will be eligible for this benefit. 

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