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Peace Corps Equity Act of 2013 – Senate Bill 813
“We must not stand idly by while Peace Corps volunteers continue to be subjected to this gross inequity in their health care coverage. Peace Corps volunteers choose to provide a valuable public service despite inherent risks to their safety, including sexual assault, and it is unacceptable that their own country restricts their access to care. My legislation would ensure that Peace Corps volunteers don’t have to forfeit their rights or jeopardize their health when they volunteer to help underserved populations throughout the world.”
– Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)
The National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) supports legislation in the United States Senate that would allow Peace Corps Volunteers to receive the same health services and opportunities as other citizens serving our nation overseas.
Senate Bill 813, introduced by Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) would provide a technical fix to the Peace Corps Act, allowing Volunteers to receive federal support for abortion services in the narrow circumstances of rape, incest or endangerment to the life of the mother. Peace Corps staff and others serving overseas who receive federal health care currently receive this allowance.
Last year, as part of the National Defense Authorization Act, Congress unanimously approved a similar provision to provide such services to military servicewomen, leaving Peace Corps Volunteers virtually alone in being denied this provision.
Our basic message is to urge Senators to become a co-sponsor of Senate Bill 813 to make sure that Peace Corps Volunteers receive equitable and fair health care treatment as other citizens serving our nation overseas.
Follow these links for more information:
– Senator Lautenberg’s press release (including a quote from NPCA)
– NPCA press release
– Senate Bill 813 and the current list of Senate co-sponsors
– Additional resources: Links to articles on the issue, coalition organization materials, videos
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