WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a video press conference last week, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced she had secured over $130 million in federal funding to help assist and revitalize N.Y.’s overburdened health care system. The spread of the COVID-19 XBB.1.5 sub-variant has fueled new challenges as public health workers continue building back from the pandemic and a difficult flu and RSV season. “New York is currently facing a significant health care worker shortage and strain on our public health infrastructure that is burdening workers and patients alike. The $130 million I fought for will play a fundamental role in easing this burden and building the capacity of our health care workforce across the state,” said Gillibrand. “This significant funding also invests in key medical priorities, like research for Lyme and tick-borne diseases and the addressing the rising rate of maternal deaths in the United States. These programs will help ensure all New York patients receive the care they deserve and will promote positive health outcomes for populations in medically underserved communities. New York’s health care system and our health care providers have been under historic levels of stress and these federal dollars will help get us back on track and build a more resilient future.” $42.3 million for maternal health – This funding will support maternal health care services and address the maternal mortality and postpartum depression (PPD) crises facing the nation.