PWBA Publishes 2000 M-1 Form

December 13, 2000 ( - The Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration has published the Year 2000 Form M-1 annual report for multiple employer welfare arrangements (MEWAs).

The PWBA says the new form is unchanged from the 1999 version, but includes some instructional clarifications.

The clarifications have previously been published in the form of Q&As on the PWBA web site.

Different Deadline

The filing deadlines for the Year 2000 Form M-1 are, however, different. The Year 2000 Form M-1 is generally due March 1, 2001, but plan administrators can request an automatic 60-day extension.

Generally MEWAs are arrangements which offer medical benefits to the employees of two or more employers or to their beneficiaries, according to the PWBA.

Help Line

The Year 2000 Form M-1 is available by calling PWBA’s toll-free publication hotline at 1-800-998-7542 and will be available soon on the Internet at . You can get help in completing the form by calling the PWBA Help Desk at (202) 219-8770.

The announcement was published in today’s Federal Register .

  – Nevin Adams