Eight Ways the Government Shutdown Can Affect Your Health

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  • 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
  • No New Patients Added to Clinical Trials

Families May Go Hungry 

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) says that their Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) only has enough funding for the month of October. This means that 8.9 million women and children will go without assistance for infant formula, breastfeeding support and food if the shutdown goes into November

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