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The Department of Health and Human Services has furloughed more than half of its staff to comply with the government shutdown.
The government shutdown that started Oct. 1, drastically affects healthcare services provided by the U.S. government. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) houses several agencies dealing with the nation's most vulnerable populations. Based on the department's 2014 staffing and operation plan, 40,512 people, or 52% of the HHS staff, is being furloughed due to the government shutdown.
Below is a portion of the HHS contigency plan that details which agencies and services are being haulted by the government shutdown. The complete document can be viewed on the HHS Web site.
Summary of Activities to Remain Open and to be Closed
Consistent with legal advice that activities authorized by law, including those that do not rely on annual appropriations, and activities that involve the safety of human life and protection of property are to be continued, some of the HHS activities that would continue include:
without disruption during a lapse in appropriations. Additionally, other non- discretionary activities including Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, and Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan activities would continue. States will have funding for Medicaid on October 1, due to the advanced appropriation enacted in the FY 2013 appropriations legislation, as well as for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Activities that would not continue include: