Employee Benefits-EBSA Releases 2011 Annual Report Form For MEWAs

According to a News Release (dated January 12, 2012), the Employee Benefits Security Administration (the “EBSA”) has released the 2011 Form M-1 annual report for multiple employer welfare arrangements (“MEWAs”). MEWA administrators may use the EBSA’s online filing system to expedite processing of the form. The online filing system is available on the EBSA’s website at http://www.askebsa.dol.gov/mewa.

According to the News Release, a MEWA is an arrangement that offers welfare benefits (such as medical, accident, or disability benefits) to the employees of two or more employers or to their beneficiaries. MEWAs that offer medical benefits are required to file the Form M-1. The filing deadline for the 2011 Form M-1 is March 1, 2012. However, MEWA administrators can request an automatic 60-day extension until May 1, 2012. The 2011 form is very similar to the previous year’s form, with a few changes to reflect new laws that became effective in 2011.