>MEWAs are arrangements that offer medical benefits to employees of more than one employer or to beneficiaries. Instructions for the updated form are published in the December 21 Federal Register .
>The agency has also announced that an online filing system is now available on its Web site. The filing date for 2004 is March 31; administrators can, however, request an automatic 60-day extension until May 1. The 2004 form has few changes from the previous year, according to a DoL news release.
>The online filing process (available at www.askebsa.dol.gov/mewa/ ) allows filers to complete and submit the form at no cost. The form can be completed in multiple sessions and can be printed. The site includes a user’s manual, FAQs, and a link to submit questions electronically. Technical assistance is available at 202 693-8360. Paper copies of the form are available at www.dol.gov/ebsa .