Health Center Application Process

The 2023 application process and guidance for submitting deeming applications for Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) medical malpractice coverage is detailed within Program Assistance Letter (PAL) 2022-01 (PDF -  488 KB). The information found on this page is meant as a guide to applicants; download the PAL (PDF - 488 KB) for complete details.

Submitting FTCA Applications

Redeeming Applications

All currently deemed grantees must submit a FTCA redeeming application and submit redeeming applications for any sub-recipients (as applicable) on or before July 8, 2022 in order to be eligible to be deemed for the entirety of CY 2023 without a gap in coverage.

Grantees are responsible for ensuring that the information needed to complete their redeeming application has been successfully submitted to HRSA through the EHB. If additional information or clarification is needed to support an application, HRSA may notify the grantee through the EHB. The grantee will be given 10 business days from the date of such EHB notification to resubmit the application with the requested information. It is important that grantees provide a timely response to all requests for information in order to assure a timely review and notification. Grantees that do not provide a responsive submission within 10 business days after receiving notice may have their application deemed incomplete and voided. If the application is voided, the grantee will receive notification and will be required to resubmit their redeeming application if they wish to obtain deemed status.

Initial Applications

Health centers may submit an initial deeming application via the electronic, web-based EHB system at any time during the year when the system is open to accept applications. However, we strongly suggest that grantees request initial FTCA coverage well in advance of their desired coverage start date.

After reviewing the FTCA PAL, grantees submitting an initial deeming application should consult with the FTCA Program if they have any additional questions.

Health Center Volunteer Health Professional (VHP) FTCA Program Applications

For health centers with current FTCA-deemed status, applications for initial deeming, supplemental deeming, and redeeming for sponsored VHPs can also be submitted through the EHBs. More information on the VHP deeming application process can be found on the Health Center VHP FTCA Program webpage.

Technical Assistance

HRSA periodically will update this section to include presentations and resources that will focus on the application preparation, submission, and deeming process.

For assistance, please contact the Health Center Program Support or call 877-464-4772, Option 1. 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET, Monday - Friday (except federal holidays).

FTCA Application Tool Kit

Risk Management

Credentialing and Privileging

*Note: A post webinar survey must be completed before a Certificate of Completion will be issued. All post webinar surveys must be completed by September 30, 2022. The surveys will be closed on October 1, 2022. After the surveys are closed, they will not be re-opened and Certificates of Completion will not be issued.

Send an email to and request a post webinar survey (include “survey” and “Certificate of Completion” in the subject line of the email). An email with a link to the post webinar survey will be sent to you. After the post webinar survey is submitted, a Certificate of Completion will be sent from

Contact if you have questions or experience any technical difficulties with the post-webinar survey.

Related FTCA Resources

Date Last Reviewed:  February 2022