The Government Shutdown & Your Health

US flag and a stethoscopeDespite the federal government shutdown, U.S. officials said Medicare and Medicaid recipients and veterans will continue to receive health-care benefits.

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The shutdown also won’t stop Tuesday’s introduction of the health insurance exchanges that are a foundation of the Affordable Care Act. The health-reform law, also known as Obamacare, is ground zero in the budget stalemate on Capitol Hill between Republicans and Democrats that led to the shutdown.

However, a number of programs important to public health will probably be disrupted. They include infectious disease surveillance, inspections of food and drug manufacturers, and monitoring of imported foods and drugs, government officials said Monday afternoon.