Federal Torts Claims Act
Health Resources and Services Administration. (n.d.). Federal Torts Claims Act. (Accessed 4/13/2020.) U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This webpage references the Federal Torts Claim Act liability protections. The 21st Century Cures Act (Pub. L. 114-255) extended liability protections to Volunteer Health Professionals (VHPs) for the performance of medical, surgical, dental, and related functions at health centers. For liability protections to apply under section 224(q) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. § 233(q)), the volunteer must be a health care professional who is licensed or certified to provide clinical services. This would include Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) and Medical Assistants (MAs) who are licensed or certified. Volunteers who are not licensed or certified are not eligible for VHP coverage. VHPs are not automatically eligible for liability protections under the Health Center FTCA Program. Deemed health centers must apply for such protections for their individual volunteers through a VHP deeming sponsorship application. Access additional information through Program Assistance Letter (PAL) 2020-03: Calendar Year 2021 Volunteer Health Professional Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) Deeming Sponsorship Application Instructions (PDF – 184 KB). The deemed health center must submit to HRSA and receive approval of a VHP deeming sponsorship application for each individual volunteer. (Access https://bphc.hrsa.gov/sites/default/files/bphc/ftca/pdf/pal-2020-03.pdf for more information.)