What's Changing, What's Not, in a Shutdown

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  • Don't Pack Up So Soon
  • Diverting Disability
  • Diversion Doesn't Mean Not Functioning
  • No New Patients
  • Can't Stop Obamacare
  • Farm Not So Fresh
  • Meat Management
  • Airline Complaints Will Have to Wait
  • Air and Land Travel Continues...For Now
  • Furlough For Long?
  • On Active Duty
  • Food Not Supplemented
  • Breakfast, Lunch and SNAP
  • Sluggish Economy
  • Short Shutdown Equals Economic Safety
  • Data in Danger
  • Not All Statistics Affected
  • Passport Hault
  • Passports, Greencards and Visas Still Issued
  • Fewer Loans Approved
  • Business As Usual
  • Delays in New Disability
  • Current Disabilities Unphased
  • Breaking Down the Shutdown
  • Park It

Diversion Doesn't Mean Not Functioning

BUT NOT THIS: Most Department of Veterans Affairs services will continue; 95 percent of staff are either exempted from a shutdown or have the budget to keep paying them already in place. The department's health programs get their money a year in advance, so veterans can still see their doctor, get prescriptions filled and visit fully operational VA hospitals and outpatient clinics. Claims workers can process benefit payments until late in October, when that money starts to run out.

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