Health Care & COVID-19
With the pandemic creating once-in-a-generation challenges, Governor Hochul has prioritized combating the spread of COVID, fighting for affordable health care, and keeping our state healthy and strong.
Kathy has spent her career fighting to expand access to and lower the cost of health care. In Congress, she proudly fought to save Medicare funding and the Affordable Care Act, putting politics aside to vote against its repeal.
Over a decade later, too many families still struggle with the unpredictable costs of prescription drugs and inequities in coverage persist. In the midst of a global pandemic, access to quality, affordable health care is more important than ever.
Governor Hochul took the reins during the worst crisis of our lifetimes and has shown steady and effective leadership throughout. She has taken decisive action to combat the spread of COVID-19, by expanding vaccination efforts — including an effective vaccine mandate for health care workers, increasing testing capacity, and keeping our economy open and kids in school.
She has also committed to a $10 billion investment to grow New York’s health care workforce by 20% over the next five years — the largest investment in health care in state history. This includes more than $4 billion to support wages and bonuses for health care workers.
As the state continues to beat back the pandemic, New Yorkers can trust that Governor Hochul will put politics aside, as she always has, and prioritize their health and safety.