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News Release

U.S. Labor Department Announces Availability of 2006 Form M-1 for Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements - Online Filing Available

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Washington - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) will publish a notice in the December 7, 2006, Federal Register announcing the availability of the 2006 Form M-1 annual report for multiple employer welfare arrangements (MEWAs). Plan administrators may use EBSA’s online filing system to expedite processing of the form.

MEWAs generally are arrangements that offer medical benefits to the employees of two or more employers or to their beneficiaries. The annual filing date for the 2006 Form M-1 is March 1, 2007. In addition, administrators can request an automatic 60-day extension to May 1, 2007. The 2006 form is virtually identical to the previous year.

The online filing system is available on EBSA’s Web site. It allows filers to complete the form and submit it at no cost. The online form can be completed in multiple sessions and can be printed for the filer’s records. The Web site includes a user manual, frequently asked questions and a link to submit questions electronically. Online filing is an example of President Bush’s e-Government initiative to use technology to make it easier for citizens and businesses to interact with the government.

To use the online filing process, go to Technical assistance for the online filing system is also available by calling 202.693.8600. Information about the Form M-1 and how to fill it out is available on the Web site or by calling 202.693.8360. Paper copies of the form may be obtained at and clicking on Forms/Doc Requests. After printing, paper copies also will be available by calling EBSA’s toll free number at 1.866.444.EBSA (3272).

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Archived News Release — Caution: Information may be out of date.

Contact Name: Gloria Della/Peter Hong
Phone Number: 202.693.8664/202.693.4676

Employee Benefits Security Administration
December 6, 2006
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