The Corps Network is committed to the safety and well-being
of our staff, member organizations, Corpsmembers and partners.
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, we are working to advocate
for our member Corps and provide timely information.
We wish you health and safety.
We invite Corps staff to join our mailing list for COVID-19 related updates.
How has your Corps adapted or helped with relief efforts?
The Corps Network has received requests from member organizations for examples of ways other Corps have changed their Corpsmembers’ service and/or training activities as a result of the coronavirus. If your organization is able to continue engaging Corpsmembers, we appreciate any information you can share. These examples could help other Corps. Please complete this feedback form.
COVID-19 Response Resource Library
To The Corps Network’s Member Organizations:
In response to your requests, The Corps Network created a space to compile resources related to how Corps and our partners are responding to the global coronavirus outbreak. Sharing these resources is not an endorsement. For the most current and relevant information regarding COVID-19 concerns and response efforts, organizations should turn to their local public health departments and consult general recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Corps Network created an online platform for Corps staff to interact and share resources, ideas, and opportunities with one another. We invite Corps staff to create accounts and join the platform. Your account will be approved by a member of The Corps Network team. We encourage you to view the introductory video linked below.
Virtual Town Halls
The Corps Network plans to host a series of virtual town hall discussions with Corps directors and other senior Corps staff to discuss strategies, share guidance, listen to concerns, and promote solidarity in the Corps community during this difficult time. To avoid reaching the maximum number of callers our conference line can accommodate, we ask that you try to limit the number of callers from any one Corps. All materials from these calls will be available in our COVID-19 Response Resource Library.
Thursday, April 2, 2020
The Corps Network Town Hall: Corps and COVID-19 – Call #3
Thursday, March 26, 2020
The Corps Network Town Hall: Corps and COVID-19 – Call #2
Thursday, March 19, 2020
The Corps Network Town Hall: Corps and COVID-19 – Call #1
Announcements from The Corps Network
- The Corps Network has postponed the 2020 Accreditation process to 2021. Please read here for more information. If you have any questions, please contact Allen Dietz, Director of Technical Assistance and Accreditation, [email protected].
Preparing Your Organization
The documents and webpages linked below elaborate on each of the following points in more detail, but, at a minimum, The Corps Network encourages Corps to prepare as follows:
- Develop and implement ways to ensure that, to the greatest extent possible, you prevent the spread of COVID-19 at your Corps;
- Develop and implement plans to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 at events for which you are responsible or at meetings and events you plan to attend. Whenever possible, it is advisable to move meetings and events online;
- Develop and implement clear travel policies to reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure for your staff, Corpsmembers, and your community. Many organizations have cancelled all staff travel for the coming weeks as we learn more about the impact of this virus; and
- Develop a plan with the steps your Corps will do in the event COVID-19 arrives in your community or at your organization.
Getting Your Workplace Ready for COVID-19 (World Health Organization)
Business Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist (Department of Health and Human Services)
Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 (OSHA)
Get Your Community- and Faith-Based Organizations Ready for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Information Related to The Corps Network Health Plan
The Corps Network Health Plan provides health insurance to thousands of AmeriCorps members and other Corpsmembers ever year. The plan is managed by the broker Willis Towers Watson. The underwriter for this plan is Cigna. Relation Insurance Services handles eligibility, billing, mailing of ID cards, and premium collection.
March 16, 2020: Cigna released this information regarding their response to the novel coronavirus
Cigna eliminated patient out-of-pocket costs for doctor-recommended COVID-19 diagnostic testing. This week, they have further expanded their coverage for COVID-19 testing-associated costs. Effective immediately, Cigna will waive members’ out-of-pocket costs for COVID-19 testing-related visits with in-network providers, whether at a doctor’s office, urgent care clinic, emergency room or via telehealth, through May 31, 2020.
For members with chronic health conditions worried about access to the medications they need, they can obtain 90-day supplies with free delivery directly to their home, and have access to Cigna pharmacists 24/7 through Cigna’s Express Scripts Pharmacy. This situation is overwhelming to process for many of us. Cigna has opened a 24-hour support hotline for its members. The number is (1-866-912-1687) to connect members directly with qualified clinicians who can provide support and guidance. More information can be found on Cigna.com.
March 27, 2020: Willis Towers Watson provided this update
We have learned from some of you that COVID-19 has affected the way some members are able to serve within their programs. We have been working with Cigna on how the health plan can be kept in place in these unusual circumstances. For members in active status working less than their normal allotment of hours, including furlough, Cigna will allow coverage to be maintained as long as the program continues paying 100% of the premium and applies it uniformly for all similarly situated members. This optional provision of expanded eligibility will remain available through May 31, 2020.
If you choose to cover members in this situation, please notify Andrea Denning at [email protected]. You will continue to maintain eligibility on Relation’s enrollment portal and premiums will be subject to the normal due dates. If any changes occur in the status of your program and members, please notify her as well.
We continue to explore options for programs that have to exit their members because of COVID-19 and will reach out to you when we have more to share.