Government Shutdown Won’t Stop Health Law Implementation

Implementation of the health reform law will not stop if there is a government shutdown, an HHS official says. “If it’s funded by mandatory spending in the Affordable Care Act, implementation can continue,” the official said. However, regulation writing would likely be “significantly hindered” because those staff salaries are funded by discretionary dollars. During a briefing at the White House Thursday afternoon, OMB Deputy Director Jeff Zients discussed what other parts of HHS would be affected if a government shutdown occurs.


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