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How the government shutdown affects healthcare

from By Pamela Lewis Dolan

The Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, is at the center of the budget debate that has resulted in a government shutdown. But one of the ironies of the situation is that the program will remain funded. It even reached a major milestone — the launch of the insurance exchanges — on Oct. 1, the same day other areas of government were forced to place employees on furlough. The ACA, as well as Medicare and Medicaid, are not affected by the shutdown. But other areas of healthcare, particularly those in the public health arena, don't fall under the same exceptions and were forced into limbo. more


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