Government shutdown impacting health care agencies

October 3, 2013
Government shutdown impacting health care agencies
The government shutdown is having a serious impact on health care agencies, according to an article published Oct. 1 in Medical Economics.

(HealthDay)—The government shutdown is having a serious impact on health care agencies, according to an article published Oct. 1 in Medical Economics.

Due to the , 52 percent of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) staff is being furloughed and several government-provided services are being affected.

HHS activities that are continuing relate to the safety of human life and protection of property and include specific programs within . These include minimal support and staffing for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) ongoing protocols and safeguarding of facilities and infrastructure, as well as animal care services; minimal support at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including reduced capacity to respond to outbreak investigation, and processing of laboratory samples; and limited activities related to user-fee-funded programs of the Food and Drug Administration, as well as vital activities such as consumer protection for emergencies, high-risk recalls, and other critical public health issues. The NIH will not admit new patients, and the CDC will not support the influenza program; update disease treatment and prevention recommendations; or provide technical assistance, analysis, or support for infectious disease surveillance.

"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," according to the report.

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Shootist
1 / 5 (7) Oct 03, 2013
In the short term, there is nothing the federal government does that the American people cannot do without.

In the long term we care either going to have to amend the Constitution and return most, if not all, of the usurped authorities back to the States, or the People. Otherwise we will have to part ways.

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