GNYHA recently participated in the first meeting of a stakeholder workgroup convened by the New York State Department of Health (DOH) to implement the Nurses Across New York (NANY) loan repayment program. The NANY program, which was recommended by GNYHA and 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East and included in the State fiscal year (FY) 2022-23 budget, will fund New York State-licensed registered nurses and licensed practical nurses for educational loan repayment in exchange for a three-year service commitment in a facility or practice located in an area of the State experiencing severe nursing shortages.
The FY 2022-23 budget provides $2.5 million for the NANY program and includes a provision that requires DOH to develop the program’s implementation plan according to recommendations from key stakeholders. Representatives from nursing professional and education associations are also participating in the NANY stakeholder workgroups. Participants are tasked with making recommendations on eligibility criteria and areas of the State that would benefit the most from the program as a recruitment tool. DOH’s implementation plan will be finalized by September 30.
NANY is one of several health workforce investments in the State’s FY 2022-23 budget. GNYHA will collaborate with DOH and other State agencies on all of the State’s workforce programs to ensure that members can recruit and retain a high-quality health workforce efficiently and effectively now and in the future.