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.

NOTE: The Corps Network staff are working remotely. We are well-equipped with the technology to ensure our team is as accessible and responsive off-site as we are in the office.
You can find email addresses for all our employees here.


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See How Corps are Responding:
Go to our photo/video diary for a timeline of various ways Corps continue to serve during this time of need.

 

 


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. 

 

 


Corps Connect

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.

 

 


Virtual Town Halls

The Corps Network has been hosting regular “town hall” discussions and presentations to help keep our member organizations and partners informed on timely issues.

 

 


Announcements from The Corps Network

The Corps Network Awards $250,000 Through COVID-19 Corps Relief Fund, Supported by The JPB Foundation

June 2 – The Corps Network awarded $250,000 through the COVID-19 Corps Relief Fund, made possible with support from The JPB Foundation. Across the country, 30 Service and Conservation Corps received grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 to help cover costs associated with ensuring the continued engagement and safety of Corpsmembers as the coronavirus continues to circulate. – Learn more

 

Accreditation

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].

 

Messages from our President & CEO

 

 


Preparing 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.

 


Additional Resources

Click the graphic below to be linked to the CDC website and the most current information.
image of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)