On January 10th, Governor Kathy Hochul delivered her 2023 State of the State Address, including 147 initiatives for “Achieving the New York Dream.” Drawing on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hochul proposed building a stronger health care system for New York that addresses the needs of underserved communities and is prepared for future public health crises. Her health care proposals include establishing a Commission on the Future of Health Care, increasing health care capital funds, expanding health care coverage and affordability, protecting New Yorkers from medical debt, and strengthening the state’s capacity to respond to public health emergencies. Furthermore, Hochul announced a comprehensive, multi-year plan to fix New York state’s continuum of mental health care. The plan involves increasing operational capacity by 1,000 beds for inpatient psychiatric treatment, creating 3,500 units of housing for those with mental illness, increasing insurance coverage for mental health services, and expanding outpatient services.
The Willett Public Affairs health care team will be closely monitoring the upcoming state budget for more detailed information about these proposals.
To learn more about Governor Hochul’s 2023 State of the State Address, please visit: https://www.governor.ny.gov/programs/2023-state-state