April 16, 2019

A Heartfelt Thank You

In reality, salvation was bought not by Jesus’ fist, but by His nail-pierced hands; not by muscle but by love; not by vengeance but by forgiveness; not by force but by sacrifice. ― A.W. Tozer, Preparing for Jesus’ Return: Daily Live the Blessed Hope As we reflect this week on Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice and the gift of [...]

April 11, 2019

How to Safely Discard Medications

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day! April 27th is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day — a great day to remove unneeded or expired prescription and store-bought over-the-counter (OTC) medications from your home. Many people stuff old medications in cabinets and forget about them. Has your provider changed a prescription when you still had some left? Have [...]

March 27, 2019

Medicare and the Alliance Domestic Health Plan

Navigating decisions regarding Medicare as you approach age 65 can be overwhelming, especially with all the information flooding into your mailbox from companies who want to sell you their Medicare products. As a C&MA employee and a participant on the Alliance Health Plan, the first question you need answered is, “Am I required to enroll [...]

March 21, 2019

Traveling: Well Covered Under the Alliance Health Plan!

Business trips, spring break, summer vacation and even short-term mission trips – not only do you receive the same level of health benefits under the Alliance Health Plan regardless of where you’re going – did you know that additional travel coverage is also included? These benefits are available to you and your family members when [...]

March 6, 2019

Patient Safety Awareness Week!

How to Help Your Providers Keep You Safe Naturally you assume the best when you seek healthcare services. You should, in fact, as most healthcare in the U.S. is safe and of good quality. Yet, errors and accidents still happen, and many of them are unintentional and preventable. Harm to patients can happen in several [...]

March 1, 2019

Going Mobile with Your Benefits

Back in the year 2012, it was predicted that “In 2020…there will be a widespread belief that the World Wide Web will be less important and useful than in the past and apps will be the dominant factor in people’s lives.” Pew Research Internet Project The mobile era is here. The number of app users [...]

February 15, 2019

6 Strategies for Saving Money on Prescriptions

Are you feeling overwhelmed with the cost of your prescription? You are not alone. The increasing cost of prescription drugs in the United States has become a source of concern for many.  Below is a compiled list of possible ways to save on your prescriptions. While some of these solutions may not apply to your [...]

February 5, 2019

Is Breaking News Breaking You?

How to Stay Informed while Minimizing Stress Almost two-thirds of all Americans say that the daily news causes them stress, according to an American Psychological Association (APA) survey. Feeling anxious, depressed, hopeless, irritable and worn out are some of the symptoms of “headline stress disorder,” a phrase coined by psychologist Steven Stosny. Since we no [...]

January 31, 2019

Updating Your Beneficiaries: Why It Matters

Do you know who your beneficiaries are? With Alliance Benefits, this would include any life insurance, health savings account (HSA), or 403(b) retirement account you are currently enrolled in. For many people, naming beneficiaries happens when first setting up the account or policy. However, when life changes occur (birth, marriage, death, etc.), you may find [...]

January 21, 2019

Health Plan Tips for 2019!

The Alliance Benefits team has put together a few tips below regarding your health benefits for the 2019 plan year. Our goal is to provide you with as much information as possible in the coming days so that you are well-equipped when facing important health-care decisions. Vision Coverage Clarification We’ve updated the wording on page 12 of the [...]

January 10, 2019

Managing Your Weight

For a Healthy Body and Mind Carrying excess weight takes a toll on every part of the body. It affects walking, breathing, sleeping and mood, and can have a negative impact on quality of life. Being overweight can also increase the risk of developing serious medical conditions. The risk might rise from the stress the [...]

November 27, 2018

Are Fitness Trackers HSA Eligible?

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 medical tracking information right? Unfortunately [...]

November 1, 2018

The Advantages of a Health Savings Account

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 Enrollment, I thought it might be a [...]

October 31, 2018

The Alliance Health Plan compared to medical sharing plans

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 passage of the Affordable Care Act in [...]

May 24, 2017

Top Tax Errors to Avoid

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 and legally. (see I Samuel [...]

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 [...]