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Healthcare groups, hospitals tell president, Congress to end shutdown
Modern Healthcare

Hundreds of groups including the major healthcare industry associations and hospitals sent letters Thursday to Congress and President Donald Trump urging an end to the partial government shutdown, citing health consequences from the lapsed funding.

The shutdown that has stopped funding for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Indian Health Service (IHS), EPA and other major agencies is now the longest government shutdown on record.

“We fear a prolonged shutdown will cause needless suffering and have long-lasting health consequences,” the groups said in their letter. “Basic health protections could be endangered by an ongoing shutdown.”