Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Peace Corps' health care system for its volunteers, focusing on whether: (1) volunteers received a level of health care comparable to what they would have received in the United States; and (2) former volunteers with service-related medical conditions were aware of and receiving their health care entitlement.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Peace Corps||1. The Director, Peace Corps, should follow through on the initiatives announced and those it has begun to implement, including a plan to institute an independent evaluation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations or a similar organization, to improve the Peace Corps' health care system.|
|Peace Corps||2. The Director, Peace Corps, should inform all former volunteers of the FECA entitlement. Returned Peace Corps volunteer groups, the National Council for Returned Volunteers, and the Peace Corps publications sent to former volunteers could be used to disseminate this information.|