Peace Corps has a reputation of being, well… disorganized. I’m currently frolicking through the world of insurance battles. Supposedly any injuries obtained overseas are supposed to be covered by Peace Corps when you return. I even have a niffy form that says basically says Peace Corps must cover any thing relating to my ankle injury. It appears I was wrong to trust this form. I’m currently fighting with insurance to cover my doctors’ visits and X-rays,
The actual wording on the form is: “Covers up to 4 visits with surgeon including X-rays, must be used within 6 months of COS”
I have heard every excuse from “It doesn’t cover X-rays!”, “You need to file XYZ claim!”, “You need a new form for every visit”. In a word: difficult. Everyone I speak to in Peace Corps says that’s crazy the form should cover it, but for some reason the actual people that give the money are tightening the purse strings screaming “No, no, no! You can’t have its ours!”. I sort of imagine them like this:
I’m getting the feeling this is going to be an ongoing process, considering I’m still getting E-mails from South Africa about money not being paid. We’ll see how it goes with physical therapy, and my COS doctor’s appointment. I’m avoiding all the medical processes I’m supposed to get done because I really don’t want to do battle with insurance every week.
I take bitter sweet comfort in the fact that I’m not alone in this. There is an whole web group originally named “Abandoned by Peace Corps” that deals exclusively with post medical evacuation difficulties.