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January 21, 2021

Washington News and the Impact on Benefit Plans

By the time this article is published, a new President of the United States will be inaugurated. I don’t have to tell you that our nation’s current political landscape is rife with division, distrust, and resentment on both sides of the fence. Of course, my job isn’t to give you my opinion on voting or [...]

January 12, 2021

Telemedicine Annual Outcomes and Savings

With our exciting news of no increase in health plan premiums for 2021, you may wonder how this is possible or what things might be happening behind the scenes to balance health-care costs and, in the end, give these dollars back to our participating churches and members. One significant way has been in the utilization [...]

January 6, 2021

A Year-End Market Commentary

A century ago, during the Spanish Flu of 1918, the world had approximately 1.5 billion people. This virus infected roughly 500 million, a full 1/3 of the entire global population. Ultimately and tragically, the Spanish Flu took the lives of an estimated 50 million people worldwide. The Covid-19 pandemic of 2020 certainly did not come near that [...]

December 22, 2020

Merry Christmas!

Jesus says, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  John 8:12 Wherever you are today, we find great joy in knowing that we are together in heart, celebrating the birth of our Savior—our hope, strength, and light. Those of us here in [...]

December 16, 2020

How and When to Get Reimbursed by Your HSA

What does it mean to “reimburse” yourself with your HSA? It means paying out-of-pocket for an HSA-qualified medical expense and then using money from your HSA to pay yourself back. This can be done even if you don’t have money in the account the day the expense incurred, and at any time in the future. [...]

December 9, 2020

Last-Minute Shopping?

We know this season can be hectic as you make plans for the upcoming Christmas holiday, even under the unique circumstances of this year. You have gifts to purchase, cards to send out, and maybe even a gathering to plan for, depending on where you live! But we also know that some of you may [...]

December 2, 2020

His Hand in All Seasons

We rejoice in the Lord’s provision over these past few years and praise Him for the ways we’ve seen His hand in every situation and season of life. The Alliance Benefits team is privileged to serve the Alliance family and works daily with those in all different kinds of circumstances. We thought it would be [...]

November 24, 2020

Thanksgiving Wishes

Dear friends, As we approach Thanksgiving, we take time to recognize the goodness of God amidst the challenges of these trying days. I’m reminded of Psalm 27, where David cries out to God in verse 3, “Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear.” We have been “besieged” by so many things this [...]

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 [...]

November 10, 2020

Are You on Track for Retirement?

When planning for retirement, it’s safe to say that most individuals would likely want to maintain their current living standard once retired. Replacing annual earnings requires a significant and ongoing dedication to saving and preserving your current lifestyle down the road. Sometimes we need a few signposts to guide us along the way, and finding [...]

November 4, 2020

Coffee with Curtis: An Alliance Benefits Webinar

Grab your morning coffee and join Curtis Farmer for a lively discussion and presentation of the Alliance Health Plan, tips on making the best use of your benefits, and more details about the new wellness program. Whether already enrolled or interested in learning more, anyone is welcome to register! The Alliance Health Plan is partnering [...]

October 29, 2020

Avoiding 403(B) Errors on Your Paystub

If you are a pastor, chances are you love encouraging your church members, creating your next sermon series, or brainstorming new ways to reach your community. It’s just a wild hunch, but we’re guessing that double-checking your 403(b) contributions are not all that high on your list of pastoral things to do! For us in Alliance [...]

October 22, 2020

Tips for Traveling During a Pandemic

Stay-at-home orders and travel restrictions have been relaxed in many places around the U.S. and in some overseas vacation destinations, as well. As the holidays approach, many Americans will want to take advantage of the opportunity to travel for the first time in months. If you are planning a trip, here’s what you should know. [...]

October 15, 2020

More About Our New Wellness Program

Not only are we thrilled to share that health plan rates are staying the same for 2021, but we also can’t wait to tell you more about our new Wellness and Employee Assistance Programs! The Alliance Health Plan is partnering with Workpartners LifeSolutions, presenting a unique holistic approach to participants and their families’ overall health. Services [...]

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 [...]

September 30, 2020

Our Consultants Have a New Name!

We are excited to announce that your 403(b)-retirement plan consulting team, formerly under the name of Strategic Financial Partners, has branched out and created a new firm—Steadfast Wealth Co.! While the firm name is different, access to the same advisors and associates you have grown to know and respect over the years remains. Steadfast Wealth [...]

September 22, 2020

2021 Rates and New Wellness Program

While the phrase is often used by many, it was Greek philosopher Heraclitus that first stated, “The only constant is change.” We are well aware that 2020 has brought enormous change, unprecedented challenges, and new obstacles for us all. But in light of those difficulties, it has also brought unique opportunities and the space to [...]

September 16, 2020

7 Reasons to Consider the Flu Shot

We’re in the midst of a pandemic, with flu season fast approaching. And, yes, you can get both flu and COVID-19. This is bad news — but there’s good news, too: The flu is well studied and, unlike COVID-19, we have vaccines to prevent it. That’s right: you can stop the flu in its tracks! Here are [...]

September 9, 2020

A Commentary on the Election and Investing

French novelist Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr once wrote: “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.” This quote closely translates to “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” We’ll concede this feels like a stretch in the context of today’s environment. Still, one constant that holds fast is that it felt like a stretch [...]

September 2, 2020

The Safest Way to Pay With Your HSA

Your HSA is the ticket to reducing out-of-pocket healthcare expenses, and your debit card is the safest (with liability protection) and the easiest way to make payments. Here are a few tips for using your card: Pay with your card at the provider only when your portion of the expense is clear (the pharmacy is [...]

August 26, 2020

What Is KnovaSolutions?

Did you know that as part of your benefits package through the Alliance Health Plan, you can access a unique care support program called KnovaSolutions? We know that trying to manage complex healthcare-related issues can be a full-time job. So Alliance Benefits has partnered with KnovaSolutions to provide you and your family with the support [...]

August 19, 2020

Participant Investments Reaches Milestone

Despite the recent market volatility and thanks to committed long-term investing, the Alliance Retirement Plan continues to increase. We are excited to announce that participant investments together have reached a noteworthy milestone of over $200 million! We celebrate this great news and praise God for His faithful provision and giving us yet another example of [...]

August 11, 2020

Feeling COVID-Weary (Still)?

If life still feels upside down, that’s because it is. Summer weather didn’t slow down the coronavirus. Many parts of our lives continue to feel like a roller coaster ride: school is on, then it’s off; places are open, then they’re closed; and worries about work, finances, social unrest and loved ones alone in nursing [...]

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 [...]