Sponsored Free Health Care Events
The following information is meant to serve as a summary of the Sponsored Free Health
Care Event program and the
requirements; however, all interested parties should read the full text of the legislation
and the regulations.
AB 2699 added California Business and Professions Code Section 901 (B&P
Section 901), which provides a framework whereby healing arts boards are
authorized to adopt regulations under which a health care practitioner licensed
and in good standing in another state, district or territory of the United States
may, under specified conditions, provide health care services for a limited time
in California without obtaining California licensure. These professional services
only can be provided at free health care events sponsored by certain entities.
The Board has adopted Sections 1333,1333.1,1333.2, and 1333.3 of Title 16 of the
California Code of Regulations to implement the provisions of B&P Section 901. Click
link to view the regulations. These regulations only apply to out-of-state
M.D.s. Other healthcare professionals should check with the appropriate California
board for eligibility requirements to participate in free health care events.
Under the auspices of this program, free health care events can be sponsored either
by a local government entity or a “sponsoring entity.”
A “sponsoring entity” is a non-governmental entity that wishes to sponsor a free
health care event and must be either a nonprofit organization (organized pursuant
to Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code) or a community-based organization,
which is defined as a public or private nonprofit organization that is representative
of a community or a significant segment of a community, and is engaged in meeting
human, educational, environmental, or public safety community needs.
A non-government organization sponsoring a free health care event to uninsured and
underinsured individuals may include participation by certain healthcare practitioners
licensed outside of California if the organization registers with the California
licensing authorities having jurisdiction over those professions. Local government
entities that plan to sponsor a free health care event are not required to register.
Registration Form: A sponsoring entity can register by submitting
the completed "Registration of Sponsoring Entity under Business & Professions Code
Section 901," Form 901-A. The Board has delegated the registration process for sponsoring
entities to the Department of Consumer Affairs.
To register, download this form.
This form must be completed and submitted by the sponsoring entity at least 90 calendar
days prior to the sponsored event.
The form must be submitted to the Department of Consumer Affairs, as indicated on
page 3 of the form.
Posting of Notice: Sponsoring entities must post a notice visible
to patients at every station where patients are being seen by a M.D. The notice
shall be in at least 48-point type in Arial font and include a statement and information
as shown in this document. Entities either can print and use this
document or have a similar notice printed, so long as it meets the legal
Fingerprinting of Out-of-State M.D. Volunteers: Sponsoring entities
should be aware that all out-of-state M.D.s must be fingerprinted before an authorization
will be granted by the Board. (See more information, below.) The sponsoring entity
should consider the services of mobile Live Scan operators who can travel to the
entities' area; this would be a viable option if a number of healthcare volunteers
(not just M.D. volunteers) are coming from a single geographic area.
Out-of-State M.D. Volunteers
A person who is not licensed to practice medicine in California but who holds a
current valid M.D. license or certificate in good standing in another state, district,
or territory of the United States to practice medicine can volunteer to provide
medical services at a sponsored free health care event.
An out-of-state M.D. cannot apply independently; each application must specify the
event at which the M.D. wants to volunteer.
Note for California Licensees: A California licensed M.D. may volunteer
to provide medical services at a free health care event if your California license
is (1) renewed and current or (2) in a volunteer status. No further action is required
before offering/volunteering services.
Application Process and Fees: An out-of-state licensed M.D. may
request authorization to participate in a sponsored free health care event by submitting
to the Board a completed "Request for Authorization to Practice Without a California
License at a Sponsored Free Health Care Event," Form 901-B.
If the application is approved, the Board will notify both the out-of-state M.D.
and the sponsoring entity that authorization has been given for the M.D. to participate
in a specific free health care event; the authorization period may not be for more
than 10 days.
An out-of-state M.D. must submit a new application and processing fee for each health
event at which he or she wants to volunteer.
To apply for authorization, download this
form. This completed form must be submitted by the out-of-state M.D. at
least 20 calendar days prior to the sponsored event. The form must be submitted
Medical Board of California
ATTN: Licensing Program - Health Care Events
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1200
Sacramento, CA 95815
Every application form must be accompanied by payment of a non-refundable, non-transferable
processing fee of $25.
Fingerprinting Process and Fees: Before authorization can be granted
to an out-of-state M.D., a criminal record check must be performed by the California
Department of Justice and the FBI. A one-time, non-refundable fingerprint
process fee of $49 must be paid by the out-of-state M.D. Once an out-of-state M.D.
has been fingerprinted and authorization has been granted by the Board, this fingerprinting
process need not be repeated if the out-of-state M.D. wishes to
volunteer at future health care events in California.
An out-of-state M.D. seeking authorization must submit a completed set of fingerprint
cards and should do so promptly. The M.D. may contact the Board’s Consumer Information
Unit at (916) 263-2382 to request paper fingerprint cards. The results of paper
fingerprint cards generally are received within twelve (12) weeks after the cards
have been submitted to the Board.
In the alternative, out-of-state M.D.s may come to California to use Live Scan,
an electronic fingerprinting process; it is expeditious, but it is available only
in California. The results of Live Scan generally are received within five (5) days
after the prints are scanned. To use Live Scan, please use this
form. For a list of Live Scan locations in California, click on this
link. (If you are an out-of-state M.D. and want to use Live Scan, you
may want to discuss with the event sponsors about the services of mobile Live Scan
operators who can travel to your area; this would be a viable option if a number
of healthcare volunteers are coming from a single geographic area.)
Posting of Notice: An out-of-state M.D. who receives authorization
to practice medicine at an event sponsored by a local government entity shall place
a notice visible to patients at every station at which that person will be seeing
patients. The notice shall be in at least 48-point type in Arial font and include
a statement and information as shown in this
document. Volunteers either can print and use this document or have a similar
notice printed, so long as it meets the legal requirements. While the posting requirement
is not required when a “local government entity” is sponsoring the event, the out-of-state
M.D. must receive authorization from the Board before volunteering at the event.
For More Information
M.D. volunteers requiring more information about registration for sponsored free
health care events should contact Mark Seidl at (916) 274-6103 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.