Once you’ve received your Peace Corps invitation you will not be required to complete any medical paperwork until after you accept an invitation to service. After you accepted an invitation to serve, medical tasks will populate in the Peace Corps medical application portal (MAP) and the medical clearance process will begin. Once you have logged into MAP you will see applicable authorizations for medical examinations and immunizations as required. You may have these evaluations done by the health care provider of your choice or you may elect to go to a federally qualified health centers.

In an effort to help defray the cost of these exams, Peace Corps has determined a maximum reimbursement for each type of exam. While you may go to any facility for your examination, you will be responsible for the portion of the bill that is in excess of the amount allowed on the Peace Corps Cost Share Authorization form. Authorizations for services on a PC-127C form (i.e., if you are going to China or Response) will be reimbursed or paid directly to the provider.

During your Peace Corps service you may require health care services while visiting the United States. If you are in need of medical or dental care your PCMO will give you an authorization form and a health benefit identification card. You will need to present your health benefit identification card and a copy of the appropriate authorization (PC-127C form) to your medical or dental provider including an additional copy to any diagnostic service provider (i.e. labs, MRIs, etc.) at the time of service. Peace Corps has contracted with the First Health Medical Provider Network and the Universal Rx Pharmacy Network to secure cost savings and expanded access to care throughout the United States. You may search for an in-network medical provider online here or you may locate a pharmacy here.

After your Peace Corps service, Peace Corps authorizes payment for medical and dental evaluations of conditions that may have arisen in connection with your overseas service. You will need to present your health benefit identification card and a copy of the appropriate authorization (PC-127C or PC-209B form) to your medical or dental provider including an additional copy to any diagnostic service provider (i.e. labs, MRIs, etc.) at the time of service. Peace Corps has contracted with the First Health Medical Provider Network, and the Universal Rx Pharmacy Network to secure cost savings and expanded access to care throughout the United States. You may search for an in-network medical or dental provider online here or you may locate a pharmacy here.

RPCV Short-term Health Insurance For Transition & Travel is a specialized plan for returning volunteers and their eligible family members. As a returning volunteer, the Peace Corps automatically enrolls you in RPCV Short-term Health Insurance and pays for your first month of coverage.

Should you require treatment for a Peace Corps service-related health condition, Office of Medical Service’s post-service health unit will assist you in making a claim for benefits under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act. To cover medical expenses for conditions that are not service related, you are eligible to purchase an affordable health insurance plan called RPCV Short-term Health Insurance For Transition & Travel.

Note: RPCV Short-term insurance does not meet minimum ACA requirements. For more information click here.