Congress Misses Deadline to Avert Government Shutdown
The temporary government shutdown triggered by the congressional impasse has entered its second week. The House and Senate failed to reach agreement on legislation that would have continued funding for federal programs before the midnight deadline on September 30th. There are few signs that indicate the impasse will end soon and it may carry-over to a third week and be tied to negotiations on raising the debt limit. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) previously released a plan for contingency staffing and operations during a government shutdown. In the short term, the Medicare program will experience little disruption, and claims will be paid. Other activities conducted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including health care fraud and abuse control, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, and activities related to implementation of the Affordable Care Act, will continue. States will continue to receive funding for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Other activities authorized by law, including those that do not rely on annual appropriations, and those that involve the safety of human life and protection of property will largely be unaffected. To read the HHS contingency plan, please click here.