US Government Shutdown: Are Medicare, Social Security, VA Payments Affected?

us governemnt shutdown: are medicare, medicaid, social security, or veterans affairs (va) payments affected?

Several US government services are expected to be disrupted without pay if the Congress fails to provide funding for the fiscal year – starting October 1. Essential workers will have their jobs, but no pay.

Several budget bills are being discussed in the House, but none have enough votes to clear the Democrat-majority Senate and Republican-controlled House of Representatives. Congressmen have until midnight on September 30 to reach an agreement before funds dry up.

Does a shutdown affect Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, or Veterans Affairs (VA) Payments?

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So what would that mean for your Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, or Veterans Affairs payments?

A direct answer is – NO. Your medicare, medicaid, social security and VA payments are immune to government shutdowns.

Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security are funded through permanent appropriations. Other programs require renewal, hence depend on budget.

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According to the Department of Veterans Affairs contingency plan in 2021, “Veterans Health Administration facilities are expected to remain open and operating fully, and most employees would remain on the job thanks to advanced appropriations.” So if you are receiving payments now, you will continue to in October even if the government shuts down. However, you might have a hard time getting in touch with someone from these agencies because of the firings.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy proposed a spending cut plan to prevent a federal government shutdown. However, the far-right GOP still remains unimpressed. “With less than two weeks before the end of the fiscal year, extreme House Republicans are playing partisan games with peoples’ lives,” said the White House in a statement on Tuesday.