OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 6109

AN ACT REDUCING LICENSE RENEWAL FEES FOR RETIRED DENTISTS AND PHYSICIANS.

SUMMARY:

This bill allows (1) retired dentists to renew their licenses at a reduced fee and (2) certain physicians volunteering their services to renew their licenses at no charge.

Under the bill, a dentist who has retired may renew a license for $ 45. The license issued by the Department of Public Health (DPH) must indicate that the dentist is retired. DPH must adopt regulations by January 1, 2008 that include (1) a definition of “retired from the profession” as it applies to dentists, (2) procedures for a retired dentist to return to active employment, and (3) appropriate restrictions on retired dentists' scope of practice, including restricting the license to providing volunteer services without monetary compensation.

The bill allows a physician who (1) practices for no fee for at least 100 hours a year at a public health facility and (2) does not otherwise practice medicine, to renew a license without charge. Current law defines a “public health facility” as a hospital, community health center, group home, school, preschool operated by a local board of education or a Head Start program, rest home, health care facility for the handicapped, nursing home, residential care home, mental health facility, home health care agency, homemaker-home health aide agency, substance-abuse treatment facility, infirmary operated by an educational institution, and an intermediate-care facility for the mentally retarded.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2007

COMMITTEE ACTION

Public Health Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute Change of Reference

Yea

28

Nay

0

(03/19/2007)

Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

51

Nay

0

(04/10/2007)