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Shutdown’s impact varies across HHS

In a memorandum released last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) outlined its staffing and operating plans related to the federal government’s shutdown October 1. About 52 percent of HHS employees are furloughed; however, the Medicare program is experiencing little disruption for the short term.

Most staff members at agencies that have a substantial direct service component (such as the Indian Health Service) have been retained. States also continue to receive funding for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Grant-making and employee-intensive agencies, including the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, have experienced the most severe impacts. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also is unable to support the seasonal influenza program, and the Food and Drug Administration is unable to support most of its food safety, nutrition and cosmetics activities.

Click here for the complete HHS memorandum.

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