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Full Text of HB4593  98th General Assembly




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1    AN ACT concerning State government.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Department of Professional Regulation Law of
5the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois is amended by adding
6Section 2105-17 as follows:
7    (20 ILCS 2105/2105-17 new)
8    Sec. 2105-17. Volunteer licenses.
9    (a) For the purposes of this Section:
10    "Health care professional" means a physician licensed
11under the Medical Practice Act of 1987, a dentist licensed
12under the Illinois Dental Practice Act, an optometrist licensed
13under the Illinois Optometric Practice Act of 1987, a physician
14assistant licensed under the Physician Assistant Practice Act
15of 1987, and a nurse or advanced practice nurse licensed under
16the Nurse Practice Act. The Department may expand this
17definition by rule.
18    "Volunteer practice" means the practice of a licensed
19health care professional for the benefit of an individual or
20the public and without compensation for the health care
21services provided.
22    (b) The Department may grant a volunteer license to a
23health care professional who:



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1        (1) meets all requirements of the State licensing Act
2    that applies to his or her health care profession and the
3    rules adopted under the Act; and
4        (2) agrees to engage in the volunteer practice of his
5    or her health care profession in a free medical clinic, as
6    defined in the Good Samaritan Act, or in a public health
7    clinic, as defined in Section 6-101 of the Local
8    Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunities
9    Act, and to not practice for compensation.
10    (c) A volunteer license shall be granted in accordance with
11the licensing Act that applies to the health care
12professional's given health care profession, and the licensure
13fee shall be set by rule in accordance with subsection (f).
14    (d) No health care professional shall hold a non-volunteer
15license in a health care profession and a volunteer license in
16that profession at the same time. In the event that the health
17care professional obtains a volunteer license in the profession
18for which he or she holds a non-volunteer license, that
19non-volunteer license shall automatically be placed in
20inactive status. In the event that a health care professional
21obtains a non-volunteer license in the profession for which he
22or she holds a volunteer license, the volunteer license shall
23be placed in inactive status. Practicing on an expired
24volunteer license constitutes the unlicensed practice of the
25health care professional's profession.
26    (e) Nothing in this Section shall be construed to waive or



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1modify any statute, rule, or regulation concerning the
2licensure or practice of any health care profession. A health
3care professional who holds a volunteer license shall be
4subject to all statutes, rules, and regulations governing his
5or her profession. The Department shall waive the licensure fee
6for the first 500 volunteer licenses issued and may by rule
7provide for a fee waiver or fee reduction that shall apply to
8all licenses issued after the initial 500.
9    (f) The Department shall determine by rule the total number
10of volunteer licenses to be issued. The Department shall file
11proposed rules implementing this Section within 6 months after
12the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General
14    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
15becoming law.