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EBSA News Release: [01/06/2011]
Contact Name: Gloria Della
Phone Number: (202) 693-8666
Release Number: 11-0012-NAT

US Department of Labor publishes 2010 Form M-1 for multiple employer welfare arrangements

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration today announced the availability of the 2010 Form M-1 annual report for multiple employer welfare arrangements. Plan administrators may use EBSA's online filing system to expedite processing of the form.

A MEWA is an arrangement that offers medical benefits to the employees of two or more employers or to their beneficiaries. The filing deadline for the 2010 Form M-1 is March 1, 2011. However, plan administrators can request an automatic 60-day extension until May 2, 2011. The 2010 form is very similar to the previous year's form, with a few changes to reflect new laws that became effective in 2010.

The online filing system is available on EBSA's website at http://www.askebsa.dol.gov/mewa. It allows a filer the flexibility to complete the form in multiple sessions, print a copy for his or her records and submit it at no cost. The website includes a user manual, frequently asked questions and a link to submit questions electronically.

Technical assistance for the online filing system is available by calling 202-693-8600. Information about the form and how to fill it out is available online or by calling 202-693-8360. Paper copies of the form are available at http://www.dol.gov/ebsa by clicking on "Forms & Filing Instructions" on the right side of the screen, or by contacting EBSA toll-free at 866-444-3272. A notice about the 2010 Form M-1 is published in the Jan. 6 edition of the Federal Register and can be viewed at http://s.dol.gov/CB.