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April 8, 2021

Alliance Health Plan Vision Care Perks

Healthy vision couldn’t be more important. That’s why we use EyeMed for the Alliance Health Plan vision coverage. EyeMed is a different kind of vision benefit plan that offers extra savings and prioritizes keeping money in employee pockets. Recent studies show that 76% of adults use a form of vision correction. Over 21% who don’t [...]

April 1, 2021

2020 HSA Contribution Deadline Extended

In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the federal income tax filing deadline has been postponed to May 17, 2021 as outlined in Notice IR-2021-59. Discover if the postponement impacts your 2020 HSA contributions and what to do next. The federal income tax return filing deadline has been postponed from April 15, 2021, to May 17, [...]

March 25, 2021

Possible Savings on Prescription Drugs

Prescription drug savings for you and your family No one should have to worry about how to pay for their medications. Suppose you or a family member are in a season of transition or without insurance and currently paying full price for your medications. In this and other cases, you (and your pets) may have [...]

March 18, 2021

Cybersecurity Tips for 403(b) Accounts

Like a roaring lion, today’s cybercriminals are prowling about online, seeking whose funds they can devour. Thankfully, applying a few simple tips goes a long way in protecting your employees’ 403(b) accounts from thieves. Following are some tips shared with us by Empower Retirement, a leading expert in retirement account cybersecurity. Empower takes the business [...]

March 11, 2021

Am I Hungry or Bored? How to Stop Bored Eating

Learn the signs of real hunger to control your appetite in any situation. Have you caught yourself opening and closing the refrigerator door or looking through the kitchen cupboard but really not feeling like eating anything in front of you? How about eating “just because” and when you aren’t necessarily hungry? Have you ever wondered [...]

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 [...]

February 18, 2021

Expanding Your Comfort Zone

I recently watched the rock-climbing documentary Free Solo. It’s the story of how Alex Honnold prepared to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the 3,000-foot face of the world’s most famous rock, El Capitan, in Yosemite National Park without a rope. What? One would think that to attempt such a climb he would need to have [...]

February 11, 2021

Upcoming Health and Retirement Plan Webinars

This month, we’d like to promote two free webinars especially designed for Alliance health and retirement plan members. The first webinar is next week and will focus on the new Employee Assistance Program. Workpartners and Alliance Benefits are excited to give an overview and answer questions about the free services available to our health plan participants. The [...]

February 3, 2021

Goal Setting

After the challenges we all faced in 2020, it’s important to start the new year on the right foot—by setting health and wellness goals for ourselves. If you didn’t stick to last year’s plans, don’t worry about it! Focus instead on getting back on track in 2021. Here’s some advice that will help you set [...]

January 27, 2021

Free Financial Health Resources

Since 2018, The Alliance has partnered with the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) and the Lilly Foundation with an initiative that helps strengthen our pastors and churches’ financial health. Whether it’s time for a financial health checkup, budget adjustments to address life-changing situations, or a plan to achieve long term goals, our partnership provides numerous [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]