Women make up about two thirds of Peace Corps Volunteers. Tell Congress that these women—who work hard to advance the cause of peace and development throughout the world—deserve coverage for the same essential health services as federal employees.
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Tell the Senate to Pass the #PeaceCorps Equity Act
Since 1961, more than 210,000 Americans have served the United States by working in developing countries as Peace Corps volunteers. Although the vast majority of women return unharmed, by virtue of living and working abroad, these volunteers face inherent risks to their safety and security. Sadly, over the past decade, more than 1,000 Peace Corps volunteers have experienced sexual assault.Despite these risks, Congress denies Peace Corps Volunteers a basic health care benefit that is extended to most women covered under federal health care plans. The Peace Corps Equity Act would correct this inequity and provide women in the Peace Corps with the same standard of health care afforded to most women with federal health care coverage.
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