CURE Network leadership was instrumental in changing legislation to ensure successful recruitment of licensed healthcare professionals to support a large-scale healthcare program in the state of Illinois. Illinois State Legislature Bill HB5744, proposed by CURE Network Co-Founder Kenneth S. Nelson, MD, was signed into law on June 19, 2010 by Governor Patrick Quinn. This legislation amended the Good Samaritan Laws of Illinois to permit providers who are licensed to practice in all fields of medicine and dentistry in other states to volunteer their services within the State of Illinois without applying for Illinois licensure. Prior to this law being passed, out of state professionals were required to apply for temporary state licensure which took several weeks and cost several hundred dollars.
This legislation permits groups such as the Illinois State Dental Society Foundation (ISDSF) and CURE Network to bring large teams of providers into the state to provide primary and specialty care services to underserved individuals. This legislation protects ALL in-state and out-of-state licensed volunteers against civil liability and is an important step in providing access to care for those in need.