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Government shutdown strains patients, providers
Modern Healthcare

As the nation faced Day 1 of the government shutdown, federal lawmakers made no progress on funding government operations in the new fiscal year, and healthcare leaders pondered the effects of the budget impasse on patients, providers, researchers and public health programs. By Tuesday afternoon, Senate Democrats rejected the latest bill from House Republicans, who Monday night had sent back to the Senate a spending bill that would delay the healthcare reform law’s individual mandate and eliminate the federal government’s health benefit contribution for members of Congress, their staff and political appointees.