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With the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers at the root cause of dissension among enough healthcare workers who refused, a dreaded local healthcare worker shortage has come about. It hasn't been enough to shut down services but you may have noticed a recent announcement from Bassett Healthcare Network affecting a variety of services from lab work to phone wait times to even the closing of a convenient care location in Cooperstown.

Senator Peter Oberacker who represents our 51st New York District has teamed up with the Senate Republican Conference in responding to the healthcare worker shortage by calling for a comprehensive legislative package that would attempt to encourage and incentivize the recruitment of new healthcare workers. Part of this proposed package would be the creation of the "Healthcare Workforce Innovation Fund" which would support efforts to increase the healthcare workforce via job training.

Oberacker says, "This multi-pronged strategy will help in both the short-term and long-term ensuring that high-quality care is available for all New Yorkers while making certain that our frontline professionals are treated with the respect they deserve”.

To find out all provisions included in the proposed package click here.

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