DoL Publishes 2009 Form M-1 for MEWAs

December 28, 2009 ( - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) has published the 2009 Form M-1 annual report for multiple employer welfare arrangements (MEWAs).

Plan administrators may use EBSA’s online filing system at to expedite processing of the form, according to a DoL announcement. MEWAs generally are arrangements that offer medical benefits to the employees of two or more employers or to their beneficiaries. 

The filing deadline for the 2009 Form M-1 is March 1, 2010; however, administrators can request an automatic 60-day extension to May 3, 2010, the announcement said. 

The online filing system 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 Web site 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, and 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 are available at (click on Forms and Filing) or by calling EBSA toll-free at 866-444-3272.  

A notice about the 2009 Form M-1 is in the December 28, 2009, edition of the Federal Register.