Update on January 2018 Government Shutdown

Update on January 2018 Government Shutdown

January 23, 2018 Government Relations News

Tuesday, January 23: Federal government operations reopen.

Monday, January 22:  The Senate votes to advance stopgap funding bill that would reopen the federal government and extend funding through February 8. This legislation also extends funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for the next six years. Shortly following the Senate vote, the House approves the bill and sends it to the President for signature. This congressional action allows the government to completely reopen on Tuesday, January 23.

Medicare Claim Processing: In a special announcement released on Monday, January 22, CMS announced that during the time that the partial government shutdown is in effect, Medicare Administrative Contractors will continue to perform all functions related to Medicare fee-for-service claims processing and payment.

Saturday, January 20: The US government begins a partial government shutdown on Saturday as Congress continues to work to reach a deal. Mail will continue to be delivered; airport control towers will be staffed. Some agencies, like the Federal Communications Commission, report that they have enough funding to stay open through next week. The Office of Personnel Management notifies federal employees the operation will vary by agency.

Friday, January 19: The Senate fails to reach a deal on a spending agreement. Government funding ends at midnight on Friday.

Thursday, January 18:  The House of Representatives passes a short-term funding measure to keep the government open through February 16. The measure is sent to the Senate for consideration.

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