New York State Health Care and Mental Hygiene Worker Bonus (HWB) Program

New York’s essential front line health care and mental hygiene workers have seen us through a once-in-a-century public health crisis and turned our state into a model for battling and beating COVID-19.

To attract talented people into the profession at a time of such significant strain, while also retaining those who have been working so tirelessly these past two years, we must recognize the efforts of our health care and mental hygiene workforce and reward them financially for their service. To do so, as part of the Fiscal Year 2023 New York State Executive Budget legislation, $1.2 billion in funding has been allocated for the payment of bonuses for certain frontline healthcare workers.

Located within Part ZZ of Chapter 56 of the Laws of 2022, the HWB provision allows for the payment of bonuses to “recruit, retain, and reward health care and mental hygiene workers” meeting specified eligibility requirements. Bonus amounts will be commensurate with the number of hours worked by eligible workers covered by the HWB Program during designated vesting periods for up to a total of $3,000 per covered worker.

The official New York State press release can be found at the following link: Governor Hochul Launches Health Care Worker Bonus Program.

A qualified employee is eligible for up to two vesting periods per employer. The maximum any employee may receive is $3,000.

Additional Information

Additional information can be found on the HWB Program Portal or by calling the Health Care Worker Bonus (HWB) Call Center at: (866) 682-0077

Vesting Periods

A vesting period is defined as a series of six-month periods between the dates October 1, 2021, through March 31, 2024. A vesting period must entail a consecutive six-month period. Employers will claim for all eligible employees whose 6-month vesting period ends within the defined vesting periods as outlined below

Vesting Period
Start Date
Vesting Period
End Date
Employer Submission
Start Date
Employer Submission
Close Date
OneOctober 1, 2021March 31, 2022August 3, 2022September 2, 2022
TwoApril 1, 2022September 30, 2022October 1, 2022October 31, 2022
ThreeOctober 1, 2022March 31, 2023April 1, 2023May 1, 2023
FourApril 1, 2023September 30, 2023October 1, 2023October 31, 2023
FiveOctober 1, 2023March 31, 2024April 1, 2024May 1, 2024

The Vesting Period Schedule is also available for download as a PDF.

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