U.S. government shutdown would have limited effect in mid-Missouri

Federal social-service agencies said they would be able to continue most of their operations in the event of a shutdown. (Photo courtesy of Diego Delso / CC BY-SA 3.0)

Federal services in mid-Missouri said they would be able to continue most of their operations if a government shutdown were to occur Friday night.

The U.S. Postal Service said federal budget issues don't affect it because USPS generates its own revenue through the sale of its products and services. Post office operations would remain normal. Amtrak said its services would be unaffected for the same reason.

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Medicare benefits would still work and states have enough Medicaid dollars to deliver those services through the second quarter of the year. A spokesman for the Truman VA hospital said operations there wouldn't be affected, either.

The Social Security Administration said most of its services would continue, but customers would not be able to get any new or replacement Social Security cards. Legal cases handled by the agency's Office of Hearings Operations would proceed at a slower pace. New cases wouldn't be docketed or tracked, and hearings appeals would be put on hold.

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