Cigna and New York Life, together through their foundations, created the Brave of Heart Fund, designed to provide financial support in the form of charitable relief grants to support the families of healthcare workers who lose their lives to COVID-19. See the message below from Express Scripts for more information and a link to the Brave of Heart Fund.
IMPORTANT NOTE:Express Scripts, the NYSNA Benefits Fund’s prescription drug provider, through its affiliated company Cigna and the New York Life Foundation is sponsoring this program. The NYSNA Pension Plan and Benefits Fund does not administer or endorse it. Your participation in the program is entirely your decision and is completely voluntary on your part. We are bringing this information to your attention because we feel that it is important to share initiatives like this with our participants during this time.
Brave of Heart: Honoring the Legacy of Health Care Heroes
During a time when most of us have been asked to stay home to help contain the spread of COVID-19, courageous frontline health care workers and volunteers are tirelessly and selflessly putting themselves in harm’s way to help those who desperately need it – risking their lives every day to protect and save ours.
Tragically, some of these heroes will not survive the battle against COVID-19. As a way to honor their legacy and sacrifice, Cigna and the New York Life Foundation have partnered to launch The Brave of Heart Fund (“the Fund”). The Fund will provide financial grants and support to families of frontline health care workers – including doctors, nurses, technicians, orderlies, cafeteria workers, custodians and others – who lose their lives in the fight against COVID-19.
With support from people across the country, the Fund aims to raise $125 million, beginning with initial contributions of $25 million each from Cigna and the New York Life Foundation. The New York Life Foundation will also provide a dollar-for-dollar match on the first $25 million in individual donations received, while Cigna will provide a range of emotional and behavioral health services to aid families’ recovery. You can learn more about the Fund, how it will be administered, and how you can participate by visiting the Brave of Heart Fund.
As an Express Scripts client, you know firsthand that our mission is to improve the health, well-being and peace of mind of those we serve. Extending our support and care to the families of the health care heroes who lost their own lives serving others is the very least we can do to recognize the extraordinary sacrifice they made to keep us safe and well. I hope that you will consider joining us in this effort.