January 21, 2019

Health Plan Tips for 2019!

By Crista Murray, Alliance Benefits

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 2019 Benefit Summary Guide to better clarify your vision coverage benefits. We’ve changed the wording from “Every 12 months” to “Once per calendar year” where applicable. This language better states that you are now allowed to visit your vision provider once any time during the calendar year rather than having to wait until exactly one year from your last date of service.

Timely Eligibility Notification
Alliance Benefits cannot stress enough the importance of notifying us within 30 days whenever there is a life-changing event. These life-changing events include adding your newborn, getting married and adding your spouse, ending employment and so on. If we are not notified within 30 days, you will have to wait until the next Open Enrollment period to make any changes to your plan. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns about this. It is always better to be safe than sorry and we are more than happy to help.

Subscribe to our Blog
We are excited to launch our new blog next week! We will be posting regular articles relating to both health and retirement plan topics. These articles will be written by our various consultants, vendors and team members. We look forward to bringing helpful tips and content to you in the days ahead. Click here to subscribe!

Health Plan Resources
Finally, we thought it would be helpful to provide a few direct links to some top things members ask for at the beginning of each year:

How to Search for an In-Network Provider
Alliance Health Plan Preventive Services (covered at 100%)
Alliance Health Plan Preventive Drug List (covered at 100%)
EyeMed Insight Vision Coverage (create a login to view your plan details)
Alliance Benefits Resources

As always, feel free to contact us if you have questions about your benefits. We would love to hear from you.


Crista Murray joined Alliance Benefits in June 2009 and has been with The Christian and Missionary Alliance for over seventeen years serving in various roles. She is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the day-to-day execution of marketing strategies and communication efforts for both the health and retirement plans.

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