I am a Medicare beneficiary. Can I still access care through the program?
If you are already enrolled in Medicare, your normal care and services are unlikely to be impacted.
I am a veteran. Will I be able to continue my care through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)?
Yes, you will still be able to access all of your VA care services. The VA receives advanced appropriations, which means it's given its funding one year ahead of time. Because of this, the VA is not impacted by the shutdown in the same way as other federal departments. However, if you have submitted an appeal to the Board of Veterans Appeals, processing of your claim may be delayed due to employee furloughs.
I am a Parkinson's researcher. What will happen to my work funded by the federal government?
Parkinson's researchers receiving grants from the National Institutes of Health will be able to continue their studies for as long as their current money allows them to. However, many grants are awarded in multiple installments and no additional payments on existing grants will be made until the shutdown is over. NIH staff will not review grant applications or make any new funding awards during the shutdown.