Government Shutdown 2011: Real to stop the federal government could be a time to care for the elderly who expect a sudden disappearance of social income and Medicare coverage. These programs are seen as essential services would continue to make contributions, although many other federal measures to stop. And unlike typical federal programs, these mandatory payments have their own revenue stream from taxes on wages that do not require a Congressional vote to allow.
But even as these programs high priority continue to make payments to beneficiaries, forcing a closure to reduce staff. This could mean that some phones unanswered, and the number of new face delays in the delivery of its launch.
Assurance, with exceptions
Federal agencies are tight-lipped on their specific plan of salvation, if the House Republicans, Democrats of the Senate and President Obama can not get government funding much of the rest of 2011 which ends September 30 .
But both the White House and some Members, both sides have sough to ensure legal certainty, reduce the warnings, the closure would not only be business as usual.
"Seniors will continue to receive Medicare and Social Security checks Committee, Rep. Randy Forbes (R), Virginia, says the shutdown-related statement on its website. But he suggests that "the elderly could see the delay in inspections due to sub-office staff. Moreover, during the last government shutdowns of the Social Security Administration has had to postpone the proceedings and for the payment of the new requirements, and made a change of address form. "
Doctors and hospitals are expecting that Medicare payments will flow as usual.
"We are in touch with the [Obama] administration and they are aware of the importance of the timely processing of Medicare claims," Cecil Wilson, president of the American Medical Association, says in a statement released to news media. "We will do everything possible to be sure physicians are paid in a timely manner so seniors will have continued access to the health care they need."
One challenge, whether federal programs are mandatory entitlements like Medicare or not, is that federal workers are usually paid by funds that Congress appropriates. Just because the Social Security Administration has a trust fund to pay beneficiaries doesn't mean it has money on hand to pay its own staff.
Workers who stay on the job doing "essential" work wouldn't be paid until funding is enacted by Congress.