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Monday, October 7, 2013

SHUTDOWN DOESN'T SHUT DOWN HEALTH PAYMENTS

As TMA and the American Medical Association reported last week, the congressional budget stalemate hasn’t stopped the government from paying for Medicare, Medicaid, or Children’s Health Insurance Program services. We now have our hands on a more comprehensive document that shows precisely what the Department of Health and Human Services will keep open through the government “shutdown.” That’s primarily all direct services to patients through government programs. What’s shut down, among other things, are block grants, most food safety programs, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s seasonal influenza surveillance.

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