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November 27, 2018

Are Fitness Trackers HSA Eligible?

By Aaron Mitchell, Alliance Benefits One of the common questions we get regarding the HSA is if you can purchase a fitness tracker using your saved HSA funds. Can you purchase a fancy new Apple Watch tax free using your HSA dollars? An Apple Watch does potentially include access to a lot of health and [...]

November 1, 2018

The Advantages of a Health Savings Account

By Curtis Farmer, Director for Alliance Benefits One of the unique attributes of the Alliance Health Plan is the plan design. By offering a High Deductible Health Plan, we are able to pair it with a Health Savings Account (HSA) which can be used to pay for eligible health-care expenses. As we head into Open [...]

October 31, 2018

The Alliance Health Plan compared to medical sharing plans

By Curtis Farmer, Director for Alliance Benefits As I travel around the country to various district events and conferences and talk with our pastors and church leadership, I often get questions regarding many of the “medical sharing” plans or ministries offered as an alternative to medical insurance. These have understandably gained in popularity since the [...]

November 1, 2017

Joining Together For Lower Fees

By Joel Malick, Strategic Financial Partners and Beth Knight-Pinneo, Alliance Benefits  We are better together, and can realize far greater success when we work together to reach our common goals (or in some cases our uncommon goals) as we partner for His Kingdom. Planning for retirement is certainly a goal we all share. We want [...]

May 24, 2017

Top Tax Errors to Avoid

By Beth Knight-Pinneo, Alliance Benefits Alliance Benefits would like to make you aware of common tax errors to avoid. We are deeply grateful for our skilled and conscientious church treasurers who work so hard. Forms and reporting may seem mundane, but this vital “staying with the baggage” ministry helps to protect the church and pastor financially [...]

July 14, 2016

Forget Not All His Benefits

By Beth-Knight -Pinneo, Alliance Benefits Forget not all His benefits, the Psalmist reminds us. What are some ways in which we can remember? When you are a brand new enrollee receiving information about your benefits, you may feel overwhelmed by all the information. Then, later on, when you experience a particular need, you are reminded [...]

July 14, 2016

What Is Your Safety Net For Disability?

Alliance Benefits offers a safety net in the event you are unable to work due to a serious illness or injury. Employees in the Alliance Health Plan (Premium Plan version*) are covered by Long Term Disability. Disability insurance protects your income in the event that you become disabled and are not able to work. What [...]

June 9, 2016

Why We Decided One Plan Is Better Than Four

For this year, Alliance Benefits participants saw a new approach to healthcare plans: One choice instead of four. Why did we do that? Well, the research data from our partner HCMS Group was just overwhelming. HCMS is a unique company that combines advanced data analytics on healthcare and other benefits with a clinical prevention service [...]

June 9, 2016

Christ Still Is Our Healer

Alliance Benefits desires to see all our workers well-cared-for, growing healthy and stronger with each passing year. We long to see every person in good health, well able to fulfill his or her calling, so that together we can complete Christ’s Great Commission. We recognize that this will never happen through medical help alone. As [...]

April 19, 2016

Empower Retirement’s Virtual Classroom

Have you ever felt you should learn a little more about financial planning or retirement planning, but had no idea where to start? For our C&MA 403(b) participants, your Empower Retirement account online includes many educational resources at no additional charge, including Virtual Classroom, a comprehensive series of interactive courses on financial, investment and retirement [...]