Author Archives: Crista Murray, Alliance Benefits

March 4, 2021

What Not to Buy with Your HSA

There is such a vast arena of what you can purchase with your Health Savings Account (HSA), but a few ineligible items may be confusing. For example, did you know that face masks are currently an ineligible expense? A product, service, or procedure must meet several criteria before earning HSA eligibility status. To be considered [...]

February 24, 2021

Updating Your Beneficiaries and Why It Matters

Do you know who your beneficiaries are? With Alliance Benefits, this includes any life insurance, health savings account (HSA), or 403(b) retirement account you have. 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 that your designated beneficiaries [...]

November 19, 2020

New and Updated Online Resources

An essential goal of Alliance Benefits is to provide our members with great resources that are not only beneficial but current and easy to navigate. We’ve been busy updating and creating content on our website relating to the health and retirement plans, Medicare, and Spanish materials. We understand that finding information, especially regarding your available [...]

October 8, 2020

Taking Advantage of Free Health Benefits

Each year the Alliance Health Plan covers a range of services before the deductible—meaning it’s free for you and your dependents. The services include physicals, well-woman visits, age-based screenings such as mammograms and colonoscopies, and immunizations for children. Certain prescription, dental, and vision services are also available at no cost through the plan. These preventive [...]

August 6, 2020

PPP Loan Forgiveness Updates

In early July, the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) took a quick poll asking members, “What is your ministry’s single greatest resource need at this time?”. The overwhelming response was for more guidance surrounding the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness rules. ECFA once again delivered an excellent webinar on this topic. Over 2,000 [...]

July 14, 2020

The Benefits of Prescription Home Delivery

As an Alliance Health Plan participant, Express Scripts is here for you. For more than 30 years, they’ve been delivering medications to millions of Americans and their families. Their dedicated pharmacists and support teams strive to focus on your health and safety. As COVID-19 disrupts our lives, Express Scripts Pharmacy® is here to make sure [...]

April 9, 2020

Gift of Salvation

As we reflect on Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice, we are overwhelmed with gratitude for the truth and gift of salvation. During these unusual and unique circumstances, we hope you can cling tighter to His promises, and in that, find everything else you need. Thank you for serving in the position the Lord has strategically placed you [...]

February 20, 2020

Protecting Your Smile

Did you know that your oral health is an indication of and provides clues to your overall health—or that problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body? The mouth is a window into the physical condition of the body and routine dental care is important through every stage of life. Delta Dental, [...]

December 31, 2019

And the Awards Go To…

The 2019 year is coming to an end and a new decade is quickly approaching. Before we close this chapter, we wanted to take the time to reflect and highlight a few achievements accomplished by some of our vendors and those in Alliance Benefits. We congratulate them for a job well done and consider it [...]

December 19, 2019

Tips for Traveling

Are you heading home or traveling for the holidays? With Christmas right around the corner, we’ve put together a brief benefit-related checklist of things to bring with you or to have in order as you plan and pack for your upcoming trip. Documents in Order   Provide updated emergency contact information to your employer, family members [...]

October 10, 2019

Flu Shot Season

Are flu shots safe? Are they effective? Do you need one every year? First Stop Health, our telemedicine provider, says the answer is yes, yes and yes! Initial estimates from the 2018-2019 flu season reported that between 37.4 million – 42.9 million Americans suffered from the flu during this time. Last year was higher than [...]

September 11, 2019

Preventive Care

Did you know that preventive care screenings can prevent 85% of illness and disease and are covered at no additional cost to members enrolled in the Alliance Health Plan? Preventive care shifts the focus of health care from treating sickness to maintaining good health and includes a variety of health-care services such as a physical [...]

July 25, 2019

Sleep Well, My Friend

We all can agree that sleep plays an important role in so many ways including our physical health. Did you know that sleep is involved in the healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels? Statistics show that ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood [...]

April 24, 2019

Telemedicine Proving to Be a Success

Telemedicine services are exploding in large number mainly due to the continued success stories and reviews shared by customers. A recent survey funded by the National Institutes of Health (which analyzed responses from 3,000 patients treated via telehealth) concluded that between 94 percent and 99 percent were “very satisfied” with telehealth, while one-third of respondents [...]

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 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 [...]

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 [...]