How Medicare Would Be Affected By A Government Shutdown

A look at how Medicare would be affected by a government shutdown, as well as other government-related healthcare.

A doctor looks steady with a clipboard in a busy hospital hallway.
(Image credit: Getty Images)

Yet again the clock is ticking for lawmakers to lay down their swords and come to an agreement on funding the federal government to avert a shutdown. If they fail, a government shutdown could affect you as many agencies, departments and services would be interrupted until the government reopens, Medicare is one of the many areas that would be affected by a government shutdown.

Some agencies — including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) — would continue to provide essential services, albeit with a reduced staff. That means that in the event of a funding lapse, Medicare, as well as Medicaid programs and services would continue, according to the latest CMS contingency plan.

Subscribe to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Be a smarter, better informed investor.

Save up to 74%

Sign up for Kiplinger’s Free E-Newsletters

Profit and prosper with the best of expert advice on investing, taxes, retirement, personal finance and more - straight to your e-mail.

Profit and prosper with the best of expert advice - straight to your e-mail.

Sign up

To continue reading this article
please register for free

This is different from signing in to your print subscription

Why am I seeing this? Find out more here

Esther D’Amico
Senior News Editor

Esther D’Amico is Kiplinger’s senior news editor. A long-time antitrust and congressional affairs journalist, Esther has covered a range of beats including infrastructure, climate change and the industrial chemicals sector. She previously served as chief correspondent for a financial news service where she chronicled debates in and out of Congress, the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission and the Commerce Department with a particular focus on large mergers and acquisitions. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and in English.