Press Release: National Peace Corps Association Praises Lautenberg Introduction of Peace Corps Equity Act
Washington, DC — April 25th, 2013 — The National Peace Corps Association (NPCA), the nation’s leading nonprofit organization supporting Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and the Peace Corps community, praised New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg’s introduction of the Peace Corps Equity Act of 2013.
This legislation would fix a current inequality, amending the Peace Corps Act and allowing Peace Corps Volunteers to receive the same coverage for abortion services — in the narrow cases of rape, incest and life endangerment — as employees and others are provided under various health care plans.
“When it comes to health services and support for Peace Corps Volunteers, it is imperative they are treated with equity in relation to other individuals serving our nation overseas,” said NPCA Director of Communications Erica Burman. “Senator Lautenberg’s legislation is another important component of ensuring that equity.”
Last year, Congress unanimously approved a similar fix in the Fiscal Year 2012 Defense Authorization Act, providing such services for military servicewomen. Peace Corps staff – like other federal employees – also have this provision in federal health plans.
Given that Peace Corps Volunteers are currently denied a coverage that is offered to Peace Corps staff, and given that Congress correctly fixed this inequity last year for our military servicewomen, it is the Association’s hope that there will be swift and strong bi-partisan action in the Senate, to provide more fairness for the thousands of female Peace Corps Volunteers serving our country each year.
About the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA)
Founded in 1979 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) is the nation’s leading 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization connecting and championing Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and the Peace Corps community. It provides service and education opportunities that build on the Peace Corps experience, and is also the longest-standing advocate for an independent and robust Peace Corps. To learn more, visit: www.peacecorpsconnect.org
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