Indiana Health Centers, Inc. was founded in 1977 to provide primary health care services to migrant farm workers and their families. Opening first in Kokomo, then Marion and South Bend, IHC grew to three sites in three years and became the first community health center with a WIC contract. In the 1980’s, IHC expanded its WIC program and opened seasonal migrant clinics to serve patients in their communities. Project Homecoming, a freestanding facility providing healthcare to the homeless in South Bend, opened in 1988 and became an anchor for the area homeless service providers. Reacting to Indiana’s dwindling migrant population in the 1990’s, IHC closed its seasonal migrant health centers and launched the migrant van program in 1994. This van provides both medical and dental care to migrant farm workers and their families in Marion and surrounding areas. IHC began operating Cass County Community Health Center in 1996 as a pilot project for additional health centers in Indiana. In 2003, IHC partnered with community leaders in Seymour to open Community Health Center of Jackson County. In 2009, Community Health Center of Miami County opened, responding to the need for an FQHC in the underserved community of Peru. Since 2011, Indiana Health Centers, Inc. has expanded to include behavioral health services in Kokomo, Seymour, and South Bend.
This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).
In addition, if the health center is asked who your insurance carrier is for purposes of filing medical malpractice claims, you should respond — in writing whenever possible — by stating that they and many/all of their providers are deemed federal employees, with resultant coverage under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) for actions within the scope of deemed employment, pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n). Accordingly, claims or notice of medical malpractice claims should be submitted by a claimant to the Office of General Counsel at the address below. Further, the health center should retain a copy of this correspondence in their office files, rather than in patient medical records.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Office of the General Counsel, General Law Division
330 Independence Ave., S.W.Room 4760
Mail Stop: Capitol Place
Washington, DC 20201