Rep. Michael J. Zalewski

Filed: 3/20/2014





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 4593 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The Department of Professional Regulation Law
5of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois is amended by
6adding Section 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, a physician assistant
13licensed under the Physician Assistant Practice Act of 1987,
14and a nurse or advanced practice nurse licensed under the Nurse
15Practice Act. The Department may expand this definition by



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1    "Volunteer practice" means the practice of a licensed
2health care profession for the benefit of an individual or the
3public and without compensation for the health care services
4provided. "Compensation" does not include malpractice coverage
5provided by a free medical clinic or public health clinic for a
6health care professional.
7    (b) The Department may grant a volunteer license to a
8health care professional who:
9        (1) meets all requirements of the State licensing Act
10    that applies to his or her health care profession and the
11    rules adopted under the Act; and
12        (2) agrees to engage in the volunteer practice of his
13    or her health care profession in a free medical clinic, as
14    defined in the Good Samaritan Act, or in a public health
15    clinic, as defined in Section 6-101 of the Local
16    Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunities
17    Act, and to not practice for compensation.
18    (c) A volunteer license shall be granted in accordance with
19the licensing Act that applies to the health care
20professional's given health care profession, and the licensure
21fee shall be set by rule in accordance with subsection (f).
22    (d) No health care professional shall hold a non-volunteer
23license in a health care profession and a volunteer license in
24that profession at the same time. In the event that the health
25care professional obtains a volunteer license in the profession
26for which he or she holds a non-volunteer license, that



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1non-volunteer license shall automatically be placed in
2inactive status. In the event that a health care professional
3obtains a non-volunteer license in the profession for which he
4or she holds a volunteer license, the volunteer license shall
5be placed in inactive status. Practicing on an expired
6volunteer license constitutes the unlicensed practice of the
7health care professional's profession.
8    (e) Nothing in this Section shall be construed to waive or
9modify any statute, rule, or regulation concerning the
10licensure or practice of any health care profession. A health
11care professional who holds a volunteer license shall be
12subject to all statutes, rules, and regulations governing his
13or her profession. The Department shall waive the licensure fee
14for the first 500 volunteer licenses issued and may by rule
15provide for a fee waiver or fee reduction that shall apply to
16all licenses issued after the initial 500.
17    (f) The Department shall determine by rule the total number
18of volunteer licenses to be issued. The Department shall file
19proposed rules implementing this Section within 6 months after
20the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General
22    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
23becoming law.".