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Author Archives: Beth Knight-Pinneo, Alliance Benefits

May 27, 2020

Your Quick-Start Guide to Pre-Certification

As hospitals begin to open for non-emergency procedures, now is an excellent time to be reminded of pre-certification requirements. Pre-certification, often referred to as prior authorization, is the process used by health insurance companies to confirm that a service to be performed is medically necessary. Taking time to be sure you have all your ducks [...]

January 22, 2020

2020 IRS Contribution Limits

Now that it’s January, perhaps you are curious what you can contribute to your 403(b) and your HSA for 2020. Health Savings Account (HSA) Contributions If you are on an HSA-eligible health insurance, such as the Alliance Health Plan, here are the IRS maximums you can contribute to your HSA. Employee and employer HSA contributions [...]

October 4, 2019

Thriving Together

Around this time of the year, many of our churches are reviewing employee benefits and considering whether to stay with their current health plan or move to a new one. Alliance Benefits understands the difficult decisions churches have in balancing cost while also trying to accommodate and provide a complete benefit solution for their employees. [...]

September 18, 2019

Saving Together

Unpredictability—here on earth it’s the one thing about the future we can all agree on. Day-to-day challenges keep most churches and ministries struggling to keep up, let alone thinking ahead to the future. For some, retirement may seem like a long way off. For others, it is just around the corner. Regardless, saving for retirement [...]

August 19, 2019

Protecting Those You Leave Behind

Nearly everyone believes life insurance is important, but at least 40% of Americans don’t have any, and many others don’t have enough. Do you know if you have enough life insurance? Life insurance is, very simply, an income replacement for your family. What would you need to protect those you love if you were no [...]

May 1, 2019

What If Your Pastor Could No Longer Work?

If your pastor experienced a serious disability and became unable to work, does he have a financial safety net? What about the impact to your church as you make decisions about helping your pastor and his family? In the US, about one in seven people ages 35-65 may become disabled for five years or longer. The [...]

November 1, 2017

Joining Together For Lower Fees

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 our Alliance family to be aware of every opportunity: by joining [...]

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

Forget Not All His 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 to review the benefits booklet [...]

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

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 [...]