Getting Help From The Peace Corps And
Department Of Labor
The processes of getting medical help from the Peace Corps and,
later, the Department of Labor can be very complicated. We'll try to clarify
how things work, so that you know which organization is handling your case and
whom you should contact. Go here to see which organizations do
The Peace Corps has been making active improvements to its
healthcare services since our group formed. You can look at their new “fact sheet” for
information about the changes.
How Does This Work?
The Peace Corps
provides medical care while volunteers are in country and during medical evacuation, both in a
volunteer's regional health center and in the US. That is the easy part. From
there, it is more complicated.
When you return, you
will be given some forms by the Peace Corps (see our Dealing With The Peace Corps page for details) that will pay for
immediate medical testing and diagnoses. They don't administer the care for ongoing disability or medical bills. That is managed by the US Department
of Labor (USDOL). Please
go to this site to understand how to deal with the USDOL. The funds, however, still come out of the Peace Corps budget. The process is lengthy, so if you can, get
care in-country or during your medical evacuation.
If You Have A Serious Ongoing Health Issue And You Are A RPCV
USDOL administers these services
- You need to file for a claim
with the US Department of Labor (USDOL). This is under the Federal
Employees Compensation Act (FECA). Peace Corps should help you and this is their posting.
- If you are a medical provider, go here to get
instructions on how to gets bills paid.
- If you are Peace Corps Volunteer, go here to
understand the process of filing for a claim and resolving billing issues.
- They pay for your Federal
Workers’ Compensation loss of wage earning capacity if
you are unable to work (paid by the US Treasury) if you file a claim.
- They pay for your medical
bills as deemed appropriate by your USDOL claims examiner
(CE). The bills are processed by ACS (Affiliated
Computer Services). You can see the PC description of FECA here.
In the Field
Peace Corps pays for and manages these services
- Are you being medically evacuated? Getting medical help can be complicated, but don't give up. You should
start by contacting the Post Service Medical Unit at email@example.com at Peace Corps
Immediately Upon Return to the US
- Contact Peace Corps' Post Service
Medical Unit firstname.lastname@example.org right
- Peace Corps will give you
some forms (see our Dealing with the Peace Corps page for details) that will pay for initial
testing and diagnoses. They should help you through this process.
- To ensure that bills are paid
immediately be sure to get forms: PC-127C and CA-16. These
will allow immediate medical treatment to be paid. Keep copies and follow
- You need to ask them for help
filing a FECA/USDOL claim.