PA 07-82—sHB 6109

Public Health Committee

Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee

AN ACT REDUCING LICENSE RENEWAL FEES FOR RETIRED DENTISTS AND PHYSICIANS

SUMMARY: This act 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 act, 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 act 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. Existing law defines a “public health facility” as a hospital, community health center, group home, school, preschool operated by a local board of education, 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

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