Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation aimed at bringing doctors and nurses out of retirement to help as volunteers in free medical clinics.
The governor signed the legislation in Peoria on Saturday. The law takes effect immediately, allowing 500 retired health professionals to get volunteer licenses at no cost. Quinn says retired professionals want to help those in need and the state should let them.
The law waives fees for the first 500 volunteer licenses and then allows for a fee waiver or reduction. Health care professionals may not hold a regular license and a volunteer license at the same time. The law also applies to dentists, physician assistants and optometrists.
The Chicago Democrat also signed into law a measure allowing dentists to give flu vaccines under certain circumstances.