On June 23, Gov. Pat Quinn (D-IL) approved
H.B. 4593. The new law authorizes the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (
IDFPR) to issue volunteer licenses to healthcare professionals such as physicians, dentists, physician assistants, nurses, advanced practice nurses and optometrists who meet all licensure qualifications and who wish to volunteer at a free medical clinic or
in a public health clinic for no compensation.
“When it comes to health care access, Illinois is a study in contrasts—home to state-of-the-art hospitals and highly educated specialists, but also to chronically underserved urban and rural areas,” said Sen. Iris Y. Martinez (D-IL), co-sponsor of the bill. “[W]e are making it easier for medical professionals to
serve vulnerable populations, and we’re saying thank you to those willing to work for the public good without compensation.”
The new law waives the licensure fee for the first 500 volunteer licenses and afterwards allows for a fee waiver or fee reduction. A healthcare professional may not hold a non-volunteer license and a volunteer license at the same time. The IDFPR must determine by rule the total
number of volunteer licenses to be issued. Also, the IDFPR must file proposed rules implementing the new provisions within six months after the effective date. The new law takes effect immediately.