What affect does the Government shutdown have on Medicare?

JeffBaderWhat affect does the Government shutdown have on Medicare? On October 1, 2013 the United States federal government entered a government shutdown.  It has been widely reported that this shutdown is the result of Obamacare, http://blog.eindividualhealth.com/health-insurance/health-care-reform-what-do-i-absolutely-need-to-know   but what about Medicare?

There have been some Medicare related programs that have been deemed “non-essential” and therefore temporarily postponed or cut-back.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has instituted a contingency staffing plan under which approximately half of their workforce has been furloughed, including reduced staff at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and some health services may be cancelled.  The only Medicare services affected so far are the Annual Influenza Program that provides flu shots through Medicare is delayed and the Government website will not be updated until further notice.

However, healthcare will continue to be available for Medicare recipients.  Providers, like doctors and hospitals, will continue to be reimbursed for their services.  Social Security recipients will continue to receive benefits and Veteran Affairs Hospitals will remain open.  The Medicare Advantage plans will still be funded and MA-PD plan enrollment will still begin October 15th as will Part D Prescription drug plans.  So in most regards, it is business as usual at Medicare for the time being.

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