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Author Archives: Curtis Farmer, Alliance Benefits

April 22, 2020

Great Commission Day

Dear Alliance Family, As we do our very best to support our Alliance workers, both here in the United States and around the world, I want to personally invite you to be a part of something very exciting. Great Commission (GC) Day is a celebration of what God is doing through the worldwide work of [...]

April 8, 2020

The CARES Act

On Friday, March 27, after a lot of political jostling, late-night compromise, and a quick signature from the President, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) was passed and implemented into law. This legislation contains a very broad spectrum of relief and I’ve done my best to summarize it below. While [...]

March 25, 2020

Important Health and Retirement Plan Updates

Dear Alliance Health and Retirement Plan Employers, I’m sure you have been inundated with dozens of mass emails, countless messages, and numerous webinars and conference calls from businesses, partners, and vendors about their response to the current health crisis impacting our nation. I don’t have to tell you that we are living in an unprecedented [...]

March 19, 2020

Update from Alliance Benefits

Dear Alliance Family, I know that many of you have been wondering how best to utilize your health benefits during this time of public health crisis. First, our plan is currently being amended to make sure that tests for COVID-19 ordered by a physician will be covered in full by the Alliance Health Plan, with [...]

January 29, 2020

The SECURE Act

On December 20th, President Trump signed a key piece of legislation impacting retirement plans across America. The “Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement” Act, or SECURE Act (Don’t you just love how politicians like to give catchy names to every piece of legislation?), was signed into law as part of the 2020 Spending Bill [...]

December 23, 2019

Gift of the Christ Child

Intentional: (adj.) Done on purpose. Deliberate. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about this word, “intentional.”  Particularly, I’ve been thinking about how it relates to this season. How we set aside this time of year with intention to remember the gift of the Christ Child to a broken world – a world in desperate need [...]

December 5, 2019

Balancing Retirement and Health Savings

Saving money for healthcare and building retirement funds at the same time can be challenging. With health-care costs on the rise, the competition for dollars can be overwhelming and knowing which account to contribute to and when can be confusing. If you are enrolled in the Alliance Retirement Plan, did you know that you have [...]

November 13, 2019

HDHP/HSA Pairing Is Gaining Momentum

Some wonder or ask why we offer a single high deductible health plan (HDHP) paired with a health savings account (HSA). As many know, the employee benefits landscape in recent years has been transformed by the rapidly increasing costs in healthcare. As a result, employers are searching for various ways on how to manage the [...]

October 24, 2019

A Note of Appreciation

Fall is here. The beauty of God’s handiwork is evident in the change happening all around us in His creation. More specifically, it’s October and that means it is Pastor Appreciation Month.  At Alliance Benefits, we recognize that ministry is hard. Our Alliance pastors, missionaries, and chaplains work long hours, serve generously, and love on their people in ways that [...]

October 16, 2019

Open Enrollment

“We chose the Alliance Health Plan to avoid major premium increases. This is a win-win, since this savings enables us to better fund our staff and ministries and reach more people with the gospel! As a bonus, the Alliance Benefits team puts our minds at ease because of their knowledge and responsiveness to any questions [...]

September 26, 2019

Announcing 2020 Health Plan Rates

We are excited to announce the new 2020 monthly rates and loyalty rewards for the domestic Alliance Health Plan! Once again, we are grateful for God’s provision this year and will be able to offer rates for 2020 that are less than a 3% increase. Here are the details: The Alliance High-Deductible Premium Health Plan—includes [...]

August 28, 2019

HSA News

Earlier this week, Alliance Benefits announced some exciting news for our US health plan participants. After careful consideration and extensive research, we have selected a new Health Savings Account provider. As of October 1, 2019, Lively (www.livelyme.com) will partner with the Christian and Missionary Alliance to provide a modern, user-friendly HSA to our participants. This [...]

June 18, 2019

Benefits in the News

Alliance Benefits is committed to bringing you important updates from around the benefits world as it pertains to our Alliance family. Two recent items in the news are good examples of policy and legislation that could positively impact our plans and our community. For those participating in the Alliance Health Plan, you may be interested [...]

May 22, 2019

Council Week

This weekend, like most Americans, you will hopefully be enjoying your 3-day weekend and, very rightfully, remembering and honoring those who gave their lives for our country as part of your Memorial Day celebrations. While we will most certainly be joining you in that, many of your Alliance Benefits team members will also be preparing [...]

April 3, 2019

ALERT: Pastors and Churches Win Major Victory in Housing Allowance Court Case

On March 15th, our Alliance Official Workers were the recipients of some very welcomed news related to a highly critical court case that has jeopardized a major tax benefit for our ministers over the last several years.  The U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously reversed a 2017 ruling from the lower district court that [...]

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 [...]