The health, safety and wealth of our members is our priority
Christian Brothers Services maintains key partnerships with leaders in the health, retirement, property and casualty, and financial industries, all who have fluid plans and abundant resources in place, making adapting to our current situations a bit easier. Below is a compilation of free resources from our partners and other sources to help guide you and your ministry through these troublesome times.
We are here to assist you with any issues you have.
Please stay safe and be well.
Vaccination Questions and Answers
Answers to commonly asked questions regarding COVID-19 vaccination.
CDC Q & A
Workplace Testing for COVID-19 Treatment
As states reopen and more of the population returns to work, some employers are requiring workers to be tested. Federal guidance has been issued indicating that the FFCRA and CARES Acts do not require plans and insurers to cover testing of asymptomatic individuals when the purpose is to screen for general workplace health and safety or for public health surveillance.
To be eligible for coverage, testing must be ordered by a health care provider after an individual presents with symptoms of the disease and must be medically appropriate for the individual, as determined by the individual’s attending health care provider in accordance with accepted standards of current medical practice.
If you are an employer who will require your employees to receive testing you may want to acquire services for such procedures. While CBS is unable to provide such services, below you will find links to trusted companies that have launched end-to-end solutions for COVID screening and testing: LabCorp Employer Services (LES) and BioIQ. For more information, fill out the contact form located on their respective sites.
LabCorp Contact Form
BioIQ Solution Form
For an app-based solution utilizing self-certification, check out Mobile Health Consumer's tool for tracking return-to-work screenings.
Mobile Health Contact Form
Waiving Fees and Cost Sharing for COVID-19 Treatment
The health and wellbeing of our participants is always at the forefront in any decision we make. We are committed to making every effort to accommodate our participants during these challenging times.
The Christian Brothers Employee Benefit and Religious Medical Trusts are continuing to waive any cost-sharing, including deductibles, copayments and coinsurance, related to the testing, diagnosis and vaccination for COVID-19. The Trusts are extending the effective date, which began April 1, 2020.
As a reminder, COVID-19 preventive care charges are covered under the CARES ACT, on a first-dollar basis without any cost sharing. In addition, COVID-19 testing and telehealth medicine will continue to be covered at 100 percent.
New antibody tests are being developed but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reminds the public that, “at the present time, there are no diagnostic or antibody COVID-19 test kits that are authorized, cleared or approved to be used completely at home. Testing in the home can present unique and potentially serious public health risks, including whether a lay user has the ability to collect their specimen, run the test, and interpret their results accurately. However, the FDA has authorized several diagnostic COVID-19 tests for use with at-home collection of samples–such as from the nose or saliva–that can then be sent to a lab for processing and test reporting.”
Please note, an FDA-approved test must be ordered by a participant’s physician, as part of a regular office visit or in conjunction with other pre-surgical tests and sent to the appropriate lab for processing to be covered at 100% by the Trusts. Such tests must be billed under the appropriate medical codes established by the American Medical Association.
FDA Testing Information
Tested Positive for COVID-19?
Christian Brothers Health Benefit Services has expanded our partnership with case management group, American Health Holding Inc., to support those of our participants that have tested positive for COVID-19. American Health’s Case Management team provides emotional and educational support if you have tested positive for COVID-19. Please refer to this flyer for additional material.
Prescription Retail Shipping Options
As a reminder, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Express Scripts has created an exception for CVS and Walgreens to provide delivery to their patients. This exception is important to meet our patients’ needs, but is also required because these providers frequently use mail-order services to execute delivery. This delivery service is available at no additional cost to patients. All CVS and Walgreens retail locations have been notified.
Please note that Rite Aid has also confirmed they will offer courier delivery for free. For a participant to utilize, the participant must call the store directly to enroll.
Both the Christian Brothers Employee Benefit and Religious Medical Trusts (EBT and RMT) are now covering telehealth/virtual visits that meet the following criteria:
Telehealth visits (phone, video and other virtual visits), including behavioral health, will be covered as a regular office visit in accordance with benefit plan terms for office visits for providers who offer the service through two-way, live interactive telephone or digital video consultations or other methods allowed by applicable laws and regulations.
With the spread of COVID19 across the United States,, telemedicine is an important step in accessing health care as many medical providers are experiencing higher-than-normal requests for in-person appointments.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms, we encourage you to use Teladoc. Take these steps to prepare for your Teladoc visit and save time:
For more information on Teladoc’s COVID-19 response, please read their recent release.
Find a Community Health Center
Community Health Centers may be a viable option for you to seek medical attention if:
“Find a Health Center” is provided by the HRSA for informational purposes only and has not been verified by Christian Brothers Services for accuracy.
Working at Home: A Common Sense Guide to Well-Being and Success
Moving your workspace from an office to the confines of your home can be a challenging effort on many levels. Finding a suitable location, organizing your workday for success and adjusting to your new routine and environment can present significant issues without adequate preparation and adaptation. Fortunately, it is not an impossible task, especially if you follow some basic practices. The following are common concepts that successful teleworkers and their associates use to ensure well-being and success when working from home.
Work From Home Best Practices Flyer
ERGONOMICS: Home Computer Workstation Self-Assessment
A guide to set up your workstation at home for optimal comfort and performance
2020 Economic Impact Payment Calculator
Intuit® estimates that more than 80% of taxpayers will receive an economic impact payment check this year. This easy-to-use calculator will tell you how much you can expect, if you qualify and what’s needed to get your payment.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issued FAQs for faith-based organizations that are interested in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL).
The SBA clarified in this document that faith-based organizations are eligible to receive SBA loans, “regardless of whether they provide secular social services. That is, no otherwise eligible organization will be disqualified from receiving a loan because of the religious nature, religious identity, or religious speech of the organization.” The FAQ also answers other questions of importance to faith-based organizations.
Access PPP FAQs PPP Application Form More Information
Read Eligibility Letter Explore Grant Provisions
New Guidance for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Beneficiaries
The Treasury Department launched a new web tool allowing quick registration for Economic Impact Payments for eligible individuals who do not normally file a tax return, and also announced that it would begin making automatic payments
Filing and Payment Deadlines Questions and Answers
As we mentioned above, the Department of the Treasury and the IRS announced special federal income tax return filing and payment relief in response to the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) emergency. Understandably, there have been a lot of questions about what this means and how it will impact both filing and payment deadlines, so they answered some of the frequently asked questions related to Notice 2020-18.
New Tax Incentives for Donors
The CARES Act allows for special tax benefits for donors in 2020. Use the link below to access a handy one-pager that you can share with your supporters.
Donor Benefit Flyer
Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) paid leave provisions are now in effect as of April 1, 2020, and apply to leave taken between April 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020. Check out this helpful Q&A to learn important definitions, what it means for your organization as an employer and what it means for you as an individual should you need to take leave.
Guidance Explaining Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced its first round of published guidance to provide information to employees and employers about how each will be able to take advantage of the protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) when it takes effect on April 1, 2020. To help you understand how this will impact you and your staff, check out their handouts and Q&A.
COVID-19: Recommended Preventive Practices and FAQs for Faith-based and Community Leaders
The Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives — a part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — understands that faith-based and community leaders continue to be valuable sources of comfort and support during this period of distress. They have addressed many FAQs on how you can best help reach vulnerable populations with essential information and assistance in the days ahead.