Eight Ways the Government Shutdown Can Affect Your Health

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  • 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
  • No New Patients Added to Clinical Trials
  • The CDC’s Work Is Very Limited

Environmental Protection Won’t Be as Strong

Ninety-four percent of workers from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) were sent home, which means that most long-term projects are suspended, unless it is an “imminent danger” to public safety. However, those who work on short term public safety around hazards, food and drug pollution can continue working, the Huffington Post reported

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