Weekend update

Congress is out of town this coming week. Here’s a link to the Week in Congress report on last week’s actions on Capitol Hill.

Forbes columnist Avik Roy has a valuable column with three recommendations on changes that the Senate should make to the House of Representative’s American Health Reform Act.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the opioid crisis also has struck college campuses.

Colleges around the U.S., spurred by fatal student overdoses and grieving families, are distributing lifesaving medication and adding on-campus recovery programs as the nation’s opioid epidemic worsens.
Some 33,000 people in the U.S. died of opioid overdoses in 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. College students are as likely as others to abuse the narcotics, according to a survey of 1,200 college-aged adults commissioned that same year by the Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy and the Christie Foundation.

Last week,  the IRS issued Rev Proc 2017-37 with the inflation adjusted 2018 minimums and maximums for high deductible plans with health savings accounts.  The ACA OOP maximums for all non-grandfathered plans for 2018 are $7,350 for self only coverage (up $200 over 2017 and $14,700 for other than self only coverage (up $400 over 2017).