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Power of Attorney Form Should Be User-Friendly, Volunteer License to Increase Access to Care, and Your Help Needed
Posted on: 4/11/2014

The ISMS legislative team continues to advocate on behalf of you and your patients. Here's the latest news from Springfield.

Help Illinois citizens understand, plan for health care emergencies

On Monday, the State Senate cleared ISMS-backed legislation (S.B. 3228) that would simplify language in the current power of attorney for health care form so that many more Illinois residents would understand it and plan for health care emergencies.

ISMS continues to work with the Illinois State Bar Association and the Illinois Hospital Association to advocate for this legislation, which is now before the House Rules Committee. 

Increase access to health care with volunteer licenses

The House passed an ISMS initiative (H.B. 4593) that would make it possible for retired health care professionals to apply for a category of license allowing for limited practice for uncompensated care in free medical and public health clinics.

In an agreed amendment with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), the department would issue the first 500 licenses for no fee (a small fee would apply to subsequent licenses). This proposal applies to physicians, dentists, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants and nurses, who would be issued licenses consistent with the terms and conditions of their existing licensure acts.

The measure is now before the Senate.

CALL TO ACTION: Dentists want to give the flu vaccine

Unfortunately, legislation (S.B. 3409) cleared the Senate yesterday with a vote of 45 to 9 that would allow dentists to administer flu vaccines to individuals 18 years or older. The measure now moves to the House.

Please contact your state representative in his or her district office during the two-week spring break that begins on Monday, April 14, and urge that he or she oppose S.B. 3409.

ISMS will keep you informed once the session resumes via Weekly Rounds and www.isms.org.

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