FTCA Policies for Free Clinics

Policies

Determination of Coverage for COVID19-Related Activities by Free Clinic Providers

Determination of Coverage for COVID19-Related Activities by Free Clinic Providers (PDF - 34 KB)

The purpose of this particularized determination, in accordance with 42 U.S.C. § 233(o)(5), is to clarify eligibility of FTCA coverage for the provision of a qualifying health service by individuals who have been deemed as Public Health Service employees through the Free Clinics FTCA Program to prevent, prepare or respond to COVID-19 (including, but not limited to, screening, triage, testing, diagnosis, and treatment) to individuals who are not established patients of the free clinic.

Calendar Year 2021 Requirements for Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) Deeming Application for Free Clinics

Program Assistance Letter 2020-06 (PDF - 392 KB)

This Program Assistance Letter (PAL) supersedes PAL 2019-04 and provides guidance on the Calendar Year (CY) 2021 deeming application process for liability coverage under the provisions of section 224(o) of the PHS Act and the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA).

Free Clinics Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) Program Policy Highlight on Eligibility of Volunteer Health Professionals

Program Assistance Letter 2018-04 (PDF - 141 KB)

This Program Assistance Letter (PAL) highlights the program requirement that volunteer health care professionals must be licensed or certified health practitioners of the free clinic in order to be eligible for deemed Public Health Service (PHS) employment with associated Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) protections, as set forth in subsection 224(o) of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, and as implemented in PIN 2011-02, the Free Clinics FTCA Program Policy Guide.

Free Clinics Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) Program Policy Guide

Policy Information Notice 2011-02 (PDF - 224 KB)

The Free Clinics FTCA Program Policy Guide is the primary source for information on the Free Clinics FTCA Program. This PIN explains and outlines the policies for the Free Clinics Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) Program. It includes an explanation of the Program including covered individuals, covered services and activities, and the claims process. It also clarifies program requirements such as credentialing and privileging systems, risk management activities, data reporting, and providing patients a notice of limited liability.

Pursuant to Executive Order 13891, the information in this website does not bind the public, except as authorized by law or as incorporated into a contract.

Date Last Reviewed:  July 2020