The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is continuing to do what it can to help bring the new class of association health plans (AHPs) to life.
EBSA, an arm of the U.S. Department of Labor, unveiled the 2018 version of the Form M-1 Monday.
Administrators of multiple employer welfare arrangements (MEWAs) that provide medical benefits use Form M-1 to report on the MEWAs’ operations to the DOL.
The administration of President Donald Trump completed work on major new AHP regulations in June. The administration is hoping small employers will use the new AHPs to shield themselves from some state and federal mandates, and to get a chance to benefit from being part of a large coverage buyer.
Any AHPs out there, including any AHPs formed under the new regulations, will need to file the 2018 Form M-1 with the Labor Department, EBSA said Monday.
An AHP, or other MEWA, can use Form M-1 both to register a new plan and to file the annual report for an in-force plan.