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July 22, 2021

EyeMed Benefits Employees Can See

We’ve heard it before. Employees often think they can’t possibly afford vision benefits, especially when coupled with rising health care and other ancillary benefit costs. Or they don’t think they need vision benefits, because they don’t understand the value. Extra value, extra discounts EyeMed is a different kind of vision benefit plan—one that offers extra [...]

July 15, 2021

The Latest from Alliance Benefits

Good morning, friends! Curtis Farmer, Executive Director for Alliance Benefits, has some excellent updates to share in this week’s blog. Hear the latest on the recent Hmong District Conference, this week’s Pre-Field Experience (PFE), on how our domestic health plan participants are knocking it out of the park for the Home Run for Health Challenge, and opportunities to [...]

July 8, 2021

Save Money with Preventive Dental Care

Did you know that every dollar you spend on preventive care such as brushing and cleaning may help save you money later in restorative care and emergency procedures? It’s true—keeping your teeth and gums healthy by seeing your dentist regularly can help you avoid more serious oral health problems and more extensive—and expensive—treatment. Follow these [...]

June 30, 2021

Where for Care?

The excitement builds as we look forward to spending time with family and friends over the Fourth of July holiday. As we celebrate, did you know that Americans will light about 200 million pounds of fireworks, consume over 150 million hotdogs, and nearly 50 million people are planning to travel over the long weekend? With [...]

June 24, 2021

Market Insight: Where Are We?

Let’s flash back to June 29, 2007—a date that forever changed the world. Apple debuted its first iPhone and they sold 6.1 million1 units over the first year. Since then, they’ve sold an estimated 1.9 billion iPhones1. We are not reaching out to you today to talk about Apple, or iPhones, or sales results. What [...]

June 17, 2021

Inflation: Boogeyman or… is it Time to Boogie, Man?

As our country progresses towards full reopening, the headlines foretell of a re-emergent fear: inflation. Some of us can vividly remember the major economic repercussions of the 1970’s caused by runaway inflation, so it’s not unreasonable that inflation strikes a chord. Most of us would agree that in recent years, prices for pretty much everything [...]

June 10, 2021

10 Statistics About Mental Health Challenges

With the COVID-19 pandemic in its second year, now is a good time to examine the mental health challenges posed in 2020. See how they’ve impacted Americans’ physical health, and how employers are reacting to and creating positive solutions for the benefit of their employees. Whether it’s the increased isolation of remote office environments, anxiety [...]

June 3, 2021

Greetings from Council 2021!

Hear directly from Curtis Farmer, Executive Director for Alliance Benefits, about his week in Nashville, Tennessee for Council 2021 and the great experiences he’s had so far interacting with the Alliance family. If you have health or retirement plan-related questions and would like to meet with or talk to Curtis before Council ends, there’s still [...]

May 27, 2021

2021 Wellness & Wealth Report

A survey of 1,000 randomly selected adults was conducted to gauge physical and financial health decisions across the United States. Rising healthcare costs and the short-term financial impact from COVID-19 have reinforced healthcare as a top priority for employees. Even with massive fluctuations in care and access, the top benefit concerns for most Americans remain the same—cost [...]

May 20, 2021

Alliance Benefits at Council 2021

Holidays, travel, and public events have looked very different for many of us over this past year. But, Memorial Day weekend will feel different this year for an entirely new reason for many of our Alliance families. Council 2021 is coming! Alliance Council will be happening in Nashville, TN, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and [...]

May 13, 2021

Upcoming Health and Retirement Plan News

From educational webinars to wellness challenges to a new book recently published by our retirement plan consultants at Steadfast Wealth Co., we have a lot to share this month! Our benefit administrators and plan consultants diligently work behind the scenes to provide our Alliance health and retirement plan participants the best possible care and resources. [...]

May 6, 2021

Bug Bites 101: When to Call a Doctor

Bug bites itch, can be an eyesore, and always have you asking, “Does this look normal?” The first step is to figure out what bit you. Here are the most common biting bugs and what to watch for: Mosquitoes North American mosquitoes are generally harmless but can sometimes carry diseases, including the West Nile virus. [...]

April 29, 2021

Sleep and Your Immune System

Many people’s first reaction to feeling sick is to crawl into bed and sleep it off. It turns out that response has a scientific basis as regular sleep plays an important role in maintaining a robust immune system. Not getting enough rest can lead to an increased risk of illness. Studies have shown that sleep [...]

April 22, 2021

What Exactly is a Church Retirement Plan?

A church retirement plan is a defined contribution plan specifically designed for the unique needs of churches or church organizations. In addition, a church retirement plan offers retired ministers the ability to have retirement distributions designated as housing allowance. After working with Alliance Benefits for over 20 years, I’m usually not surprised by the questions [...]

April 15, 2021

The Best Dental Care for Our Members

Did you know that an untreated cavity can cost you more than $6,000 over the course of your lifetime? Untreated, often preventable oral diseases send more than 2.1 million Americans to the emergency room each year, costing the health care system $1.9 billion annually. The good news is that cavities and periodontal disease are nearly [...]

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 [...]