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News Release

Labor Department Publishes Year 2001 Form M-1 for Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements

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Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration today announced it will publish in the Federal Register the Year 2001 Form M-1 annual report for multiple employer welfare arrangements (MEWAs). This form is the same as the year 2000 form.

Generally, MEWAs are arrangements, which offer medical benefits to the employees of two or more employers, or to their beneficiaries. These arrangements may not include plans that are established or maintained under collective bargaining agreements, by a rural electric cooperative or by a rural telephone cooperative association.

The Labor Department has authority under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act to require reporting of information about MEWAs. Administrators generally must file the one-page Form M-1 once a year. The Year 2001 form is generally due March 1, 2002, but administrators can request an automatic 60-day extension to May 1, 2002.

The Year 2001 Form M-1 will be available soon by calling PWBA’s toll-free publications hotline at 1.800.998.7542 and is available today on the internet at . Administrators may contact the PWBA Help Desk for assistance in completing this form by calling 202.693.8360.

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Employee Benefits Security Administration
December 19, 2001
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