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How would a government shutdown affect me?

With Congress nearly unable to come to an agreement about the federal budget, many government agencies and institutions feared they may have to cease operations. What would a government shutdown have meant for the average American?

CNN has compiled a searchable table organizing affected government offices and services, which is being updated as more information is made available.

NPR also has an article about what will and will not be closed in the event of a government shutdown.

The Christian Science Monitor has an article about the role a government shutdown would play in Medicare and Medicaid services.  

The Wall Street Journal Health Blog also covers possible closings in other health-related services such as the Centers for Disease Control, the Food and Drug Administration, and the National Institutes of Health.  

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