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Public Act 098-0659





Public Act 098-0659
HB4593 EnrolledLRB098 15183 ZMM 50164 b

    AN ACT concerning State government.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 5. The Department of Professional Regulation Law of
the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois is amended by adding
Section 2105-17 as follows:
    (20 ILCS 2105/2105-17 new)
    Sec. 2105-17. Volunteer licenses.
    (a) For the purposes of this Section:
    "Health care professional" means a physician licensed
under the Medical Practice Act of 1987, a dentist licensed
under the Illinois Dental Practice Act, an optometrist licensed
under the Illinois Optometric Practice Act of 1987, a physician
assistant licensed under the Physician Assistant Practice Act
of 1987, and a nurse or advanced practice nurse licensed under
the Nurse Practice Act. The Department may expand this
definition by rule.
    "Volunteer practice" means the practice of a licensed
health care professional for the benefit of an individual or
the public and without compensation for the health care
services provided.
    (b) The Department may grant a volunteer license to a
health care professional who:
        (1) meets all requirements of the State licensing Act
    that applies to his or her health care profession and the
    rules adopted under the Act; and
        (2) agrees to engage in the volunteer practice of his
    or her health care profession in a free medical clinic, as
    defined in the Good Samaritan Act, or in a public health
    clinic, as defined in Section 6-101 of the Local
    Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunities
    Act, and to not practice for compensation.
    (c) A volunteer license shall be granted in accordance with
the licensing Act that applies to the health care
professional's given health care profession, and the licensure
fee shall be set by rule in accordance with subsection (f).
    (d) No health care professional shall hold a non-volunteer
license in a health care profession and a volunteer license in
that profession at the same time. In the event that the health
care professional obtains a volunteer license in the profession
for which he or she holds a non-volunteer license, that
non-volunteer license shall automatically be placed in
inactive status. In the event that a health care professional
obtains a non-volunteer license in the profession for which he
or she holds a volunteer license, the volunteer license shall
be placed in inactive status. Practicing on an expired
volunteer license constitutes the unlicensed practice of the
health care professional's profession.
    (e) Nothing in this Section shall be construed to waive or
modify any statute, rule, or regulation concerning the
licensure or practice of any health care profession. A health
care professional who holds a volunteer license shall be
subject to all statutes, rules, and regulations governing his
or her profession. The Department shall waive the licensure fee
for the first 500 volunteer licenses issued and may by rule
provide for a fee waiver or fee reduction that shall apply to
all licenses issued after the initial 500.
    (f) The Department shall determine by rule the total number
of volunteer licenses to be issued. The Department shall file
proposed rules implementing this Section within 6 months after
the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 06/23/2014