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Continuing Education deadline extended

The NYSED will grant an adjustment to all licensees, regardless of registration renewal date, to utilize self-study for any coursework taken during the period from March 1, 2020 – January 31, 2023, provided that it is taken from a Department-approved provider and is in an acceptable subject area for the specific profession. Coursework taken outside that timeframe must meet the continuing education requirements in each individual profession’s laws and regulations.

Health Updates

The New York State Department of Health has recently posted new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the Healthcare Worker Bonus (HWB) Program. Qualified employers are encouraged to routinely review the Department’s HWB Program webpage for the latest information.

The Department is committed to updating the information it has provided as new questions come in and are answered. To this end, the Department has established an email address (NYSWorkersBonus@health.ny.gov) dedicated to the HWB program. Please direct your inquiry to this inbox to make sure your questions are received and processed. The Department has also established the HWB Call Center dedicated to answering questions about the online claims portal and assisting qualified employers with submitting their claims. The HWB Call Center can be reached at 1 (866) 682-0077.

Healthcare Worker Bonus (HWB) Program Town Hall Stakeholder Webinar 

The presentation materials from today’s Healthcare Worker Bonus (HWB) Program Town Hall Stakeholder Webinar are now available on the New York State HWB Home Page. Materials posted include a PDF version of the slide deck and a recording of the presentation.

The Department is committed to updating the information it has provided as new questions come in and are answered. To this end, the Department has established an email address (NYSWorkersBonus@health.ny.gov)dedicated to the HWB program. Please direct your inquiry to this inbox to make sure your questions are received and processed. The Department has also established the HWB Call Center dedicated to answering questions about the online claims portal and assisting qualified employers with submitting their claims. The HWB Call Center can be reached at 1 (866) 682-0077.

Additionally, please continue to review the Frequently Asked Questions regarding the HWB Program. Qualified employers are encouraged to routinely review these resources for the latest information, which will be updated on a regular basis.

Thank you.

Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) Updates

New York State Department of Health

Office of Health Insurance Programs
One Commerce Plaza
Albany, NY 12237
mrtupdates@health.ny.gov

CDC relaxes COVID-19 guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has dropped its social distancing recommendations and quarantine guidelines for people exposed to COVID-19, as well as routine testing recommendations for most people who don't have COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of vaccination status, The New York Times and United Press International reported. Updated guidelines were published in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The agency still recommends that people who test positive for COVID-19 isolate for at least five days and wear masks for 10 days after recovering from the virus.

The New York State Department of Health (Department) will be hosting an informational webinar to review with qualified employers recently enacted legislation requiring the payment of bonuses to eligible workers as per Part ZZ of Chapter 56 of the Laws of 2022. This webinar will provide a general overview of the NYS HWB Home Page and will include the following topics of interest to all qualified employers:

  • Eligibility and requirements,
  • Account registration process,
  • Vesting periods,
  • Manual and bulk upload process,
  • Frequently asked questions.

NYS Department of Health

Medicaid Update:  The Official Newsletter of New York State Medicare Program
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Medicaid Health Care Worker Bonus Program

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

Dear Provider:

New York's essential frontline health care and mental hygiene workers have seen us through a once-in-a-century public health crisis that transformed our state into a model for battling and beating COVID-19. As part of the Fiscal Year 2023 New York State Executive Budget legislation, $1.2 billion has been allocated by Governor Hochul and the State Legislature via the Health Care and Mental Hygiene Worker Bonus (HWB) Program for the payment of bonuses to "recruit, retain, and reward health care and mental hygiene workers" who meet specified eligibility requirements.

This listserv notice is to inform our provider community that the New York State Department of Health, working with the Governor’s Office and other state agency partners, has launched the HWB Portal to facilitate submission by eligible employers on behalf of their employees who qualify for bonus payments.

As a next step, all providers are strongly encouraged to visit the following links for more information:

HWB Announcement and Information https://www.health.ny.gov/health_care/medicaid/providers/hwb_program/

HWB FAQs https://www.health.ny.gov/health_care/medicaid/providers/hwb_program/hwb_program_faq.htm

HWB Portal
https://www.nysworkerbonus.com/

Providers with additional questions may contact the Health Care Worker Bonus Call Center at (866) 682-0077 or via email at nysworkersbonus@health.ny.gov.

Governor Hochul Highlights COVID-19 Capital Costs Tax Credit Program

Governor Hochul Invites Small Businesses to Check Eligibility for $250 Million COVID-19 Capital Costs Tax Credit Program

Small Businesses with 100 or Fewer Employees May Receive Tax Credits for Costs Incurred to Increase COVID-19 Safety 

Screening Tool Available Here

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the opening of the initial intake tool to help small businesses determine their eligibility for the COVID-19 Capital Costs Tax Credit Program. The $250 million COVID-19 Capital Costs Tax Credit Program will support small businesses that made investments to comply with emergency orders and regulations or to increase public safety in response to COVID-19. If deemed eligible by the screening tool, a link to the application will be provided when the program application opens.

"The pandemic has hit New York's small businesses especially hard, forcing many to close and others to incur significant financial burdens to protect their employees and customers from COVID-19," Governor Hochul said. "Small Businesses are the backbone of our state's economy, and in order to truly recover from the COVID-19 crisis, we must lend a helping hand. This tax credit will be a crucial lifeline to New York businesses and I encourage all who are interested to apply for this much-needed aid."

Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Hope Knight said, "Businesses have been burdened with many expenses during the pandemic that were necessary to keep their employees and customers safe. This tax credit will ease the burden that the business community incurred during COVID and help it continue to get steadily back on its feet. I am grateful for Governor Hochul's support and also for all of New York's business owners who are working every day to rebuild our economy."

Small businesses were hit particularly hard by the pandemic downturn. Announced as part of Governor Hochul's Executive Budget to continue the State's support for small businesses, this new refundable tax relief program targets COVID-19-related expenses. Eligible COVID-19-related costs include, but are not limited to:

  • Supplies to disinfect or protect against COVID-19 transmission
  • Costs associated with expanding, or defining space to accommodate social distancing
  • HVAC equipment
  • Expenses related to increased outdoor activity and outdoor space expansions
  • Machinery and equipment to facilitate contactless sales

Tax credits will cover 50 percent of eligible costs, up to $50,000, for a maximum tax credit award of $25,000, and credits will be awarded on a first come first serve basis until program funds are depleted. Eligible businesses must operate a location in New York State, have 100 or fewer employees, $2.5 million or less of gross receipts in the 2021 tax year, and at least $2,000 in eligible costs between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2022.

Businesses are still encouraged to apply for the New York State COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program which provides flexible grants of $5,000 to $50,000 for small businesses for COVID-19 expenses. However costs incurred between January 1, 2021 and April 1, 2021 that were paid for with proceeds from this grant program are not eligible for a tax credit under the COVID-19 Capital Costs Tax Credit Program.

To receive a tax credit for their 2022 tax return, businesses must receive a tax credit certificate from ESD on or before December 31, 2022. Potential applicants are urged to complete the screening tool and apply as soon as the program is launched, as any tax credits issued on or after January 1, 2023 cannot be claimed until a business's 2023 tax return. For more detailed information visit the ESD website at esd.ny.gov/covid-19-capital-cost-tax-credit

State Senator Anna Kaplan said, "Small businesses had to incur significant expenses to reopen safely during the pandemic, and with those costs continuing to mount, they need our support more than ever. I was proud to sponsor the COVID-19 Capital Costs Tax Credit Program, which will help minimize the financial impacts incurred by small business owners to stay safe and stay open, and I encourage every small business owner to use the new screening tool to see if they're eligible to get relief through the program when it opens."

Assemblyman Al Stirpe said, "As the chair of the Assembly Small Business Committee, it has always been a priority of mine to aid local entrepreneurs in any way possible because I know the dedication required to keep the lights on. The addition of the Screening Tool to help expedite access to the vital funding provided by the $250 million COVID-19 Capital Costs Tax Credit Program will streamline a small business's eligibility. Let's get our businesses back on track, by aiding them with COVID-related capital investments of up to $25,000."

About Empire State Development
Empire State Development (ESD) is New York's chief economic development agency. The mission of ESD is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies. Through the use of loans, grants, tax credits and other forms of financial assistance, ESD strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. ESD is also the primary administrative agency overseeing the New York State Regional Economic Development Councils and the marketing of "I LOVE NY," the State's iconic tourism brand. For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development, please visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov.

For 6/28/22  ADA COVID updates 

Last reviewed: June 21, 2022

FDA Expands Eligibility for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Dose to Children 5 through 11 Years (May 17, 2022)

FDA Limits Use of Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine to Certain Individuals (May 5, 2022)

CDC Recommendation for Masks and Travel (May 3, 2022)

CDC: CDC Recommends Additional Boosters for Certain Individuals (March 29, 2022)

ADA: Year Two of COVID-19 and Dentistry Timeline (March 7, 2022)

ADA offers guidance on indoor masking in dental practices (March 2, 2022)

The New York State Dental Association is following all developments as they arise in regards to COVID-19. 

Find important links, resources, and guidance regarding COVID-19 below. You may also access information from the New York State Department of Health or call their novel coronavirus hotline for advice at: 1-888-364-3065. Additional resources can also be found on the American Dental Association website. Dental specific infection control during COVID-19 information may be referenced on the CDC website.  

NYSDA: Your Community for a Better Future

We may not know what’s coming next, but we’ll be here for you through it all. Membership supports the rapid development of critical guidance to keep dentistry moving forward, while critical advocacy work fortifies the future of the profession.

Masking Update and COVID-19 Resources

Information and guidance for your use.
 
Indoor Masking in Dental Practice Public Spaces
The ADA released a new resource on March 2, 2022 for members to help dental practices make informed decisions and facilitate conversations about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest public indoor masking recommendations.
 
The online resource, Indoor Masking in Dental Practice Public Spaces, offers answers to questions that dentists, patients and dental team members may have, including:
  • What is the current CDC recommendation for wearing a mask indoors?
  • How should I communicate about masking in public areas in my practice to my patients?
  • What are my options as a practice owner?
 
The new resource also includes sample copy and scripts for printable signs, text messages, phone calls and emails that dental practices can weave into their communications. This member-only resource is available at https://www.ada.org/resources/coronavirus/indoor-mask-guidance-for-dental-practice-waiting-areas.
 
Read more below about the HERO act extension through March 17, 2022.
 
 
Statement from Monroe County Executive Adam Bello on the county’s mask mandate found in the link below.
 

2/10/22

NYS Indoor Business Mask or Vaccine Requirement Lifted February 10th, Remains Optional for Businesses, Local Governments, and Counties…

https://www.lohud.com/story/news/coronavirus/2022/02/09/ny-mask-mandate-lifted-businesses-schools-must-wait/6719530001/

Last reviewed: February 18, 2022

The New York State Dental Association is following all developments as they arise in regards to COVID-19. 

Find important links, resources, and guidance regarding COVID-19 below. You may also access information from the New York State Department of Health or call their novel coronavirus hotline for advice at: 1-888-364-3065. Additional resources can also be found on the American Dental Association website. Dental specific infection control during COVID-19 information may be referenced on the CDC website.  

NYSDA: Your Community for a Better Future

We may not know what’s coming next, but we’ll be here for you through it all. Membership supports the rapid development of critical guidance to keep dentistry moving forward, while critical advocacy work fortifies the future of the profession.

https://paidfamilyleave.ny.gov/covid19

SUPPORTING FAMILIES AFFECTED BY COVID-19

In response to the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in New York State, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has guaranteed workers job protection and financial compensation in the event they, or their minor dependent child, are subject to a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine or isolation issued by the state of New York, the Department of Health, local board of health, or any government entity duly authorized to issue such order due to COVID-19.* See Guidance For Obtaining An Order For Mandatory Or Precautionary Quarantine.

Most employees will get financial compensation by using a combination of benefits, which may include new employer-provided paid sick leave (depending on the size of the employer), Paid Family Leave and disability benefits. These benefits are not available to employees who are able to work through remote access or other means.

Paid Family Leave may also be used to care for a family member who has contracted COVID-19, which may qualify as a serious health condition.

*These benefits are not available to New Yorkers who take non-work related trips to any state other than a contiguous state for more than 24 hours.

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