Eight Ways the Government Shutdown Can Affect Your Health

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  • No New Patients Added to Clinical Trials
  • The CDC’s Work Is Very Limited
  • Your Prescriptions Could Be More Expensive
  • Families May Go Hungry
  • Our Food Isn’t as Safe
  • No New Drug Approvals
  • Environmental Protection Won’t Be as Strong
  • Political Infighting Impacts the Wellness of America
  • Obamacare Enrollment Could Be Affected

Your Prescriptions Could Be More Expensive

Because the Health Resources and Services Administration is on lockdown, the 340B federal drug discount program — a program that requires drug companies to provide drugs at a low cost — isn’t allowing new enrollment for the October 1-15 period. However, for those already in the program, their discounts will still be honored. 

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