In the last two months, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed three
bills into law, two of which will have an impact on access to oral
health care in the state, and a third that protects dentists from
House Bill 3061 allows the Department of Financial and
Professional Regulation to provide temporary, 10-day permits to
out-of-state dentists and dental hygienists who wish to volunteer
their services in Illinois. The bill, which was sponsored by Rep.
David Miller and Sen. Pamela Althoff and endorsed by Illinois State Dental Society,"will
encourage more dentists to treat low-income families at free
clinics throughout Illinois," says a press release on the
State of Illinois website.
House Bill 5859, which was signed at June's
Mission of Mercy event, looks like a boon to clinics and the
dentists who volunteer there. Beginning January 1, the state will
reimburse clinics for care provided by volunteer dentists. Payments
will help clinics cover the cost of equipment and supplies. Under
current Illinois law, the state will not reimburse unless the
volunteer dentist is enrolled in Medicaid.
Finally, last week Gov. Quinn signed
Senate Bill 3025, which will hopefully curtail frivolous
lawsuits against dentists. Advanced by ISDS, this law requires that
all information gathered by the Department of Financial and
Professional Regulation during an investigation-including
information subpoenaed under the Illinois Dental Practice Act-is
kept confidential. Information may still be released to the dental
licensing authority of other states or jurisdictions when an
official request is made; however, such information may only be
used for investigations and disciplinary proceedings related to
The impetus for this bill was the case of an oral surgeon who was
sued, and as a result, multiple subpoenas were made to try and find
fault with his practice. By limiting the release of certain
information, ISDS hopes this bill will stymy such "fishing"
expeditions against dentists in the future. The sponsor of this
bill was Rep. John Fritchey.
dental practice act
state of illinois
The phone is ringing and the e-mails are stacking up in my
inbox: "Do you know about this? What's the deal?"
The reason for all this alarm, or in some cases, wry amusement? A
play entitled "Dental Society
Midwinter Meeting," which debuted last week at the Chicago
Dramatists and was reviewed today in both the city's major
Disclaimer: the play has no relationship to the Chicago
Dental Society or the society's annual Midwinter
The play follows the behind-the-scenes
shenanigans of the North Shore Regional Dental Society as they get
together for their annual Midwinter Meeting. Romantic
entanglements, questionable professional ethics and scandal rule
The reviews so far have been mixed. Chicago Tribune critic
Chris Jones gives the show a
middling review, concluding "If everybody could dial the
over-the-top sketch-humor back and reacquaint themselves with more
prosaic dental realities, this show could find some gold under that
But Sun-Times critic Hedy Weiss
raves in today's paper, "At each and every turn [playwright
Laura Jacqmin] hands us a sly surprise and searing insight. This is
a playwright who possesses a keen eye for character types (though
she always supplies unexpected traits), as well as a fine sense of
human cruelty and weakness, and idealism gone amok."
Several members have called to say they are buying tickets to see
the play, and a few staff confess to being curious enough to see it
too. Do you plan on going? Have you already seen it? Leave us a
comment and let us know you think.
Yes, go see this play! It's a blast!
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