Former medical personnel asked to join COVID-19 fight

The state’s healthcare system could soon see a wave of reinforcements coming to help in the fight against COVID-19. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) has announced changes to licensing rules that will make it easier for medical professionals who have recently left the medical field to join the fight against COVID-19 and for out-of-state health professionals to work in Illinois.

The department has created a pathway for free licensure renewal for inactive or non-renewed physicians, nurses, physician assistants, and respiratory care therapists. The no-cost renewals would allow for working under the direction of the IEMA, IDPH, or in a long-term care facility, hospital, or Federally Qualified Health Center.

Additionally, out-of-state physicians, nurses, physician assistants, and respiratory care therapists will be able to work in Illinois through September 20. These medical professionals must meet specific requirements, including holding current licenses in good standing in their home state, as well as applying to work at approved facilities.

You can find out more information at this link: https://www.idfpr.com/COVID-19.asp

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