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 Post subject: Government Shutdown Question
Post Posted: Jan 10, 2019 3:26 pm 
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I am not a govt employee but like everyone else I hear about the struggles those folks are going through. I know they are working and not getting paid (believe there is a word for that) yet I wondered if their Health Insurance Premiums are still getting paid or do those folks face a lapse in insurance?

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Post Posted: Jan 10, 2019 5:33 pm 
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This is a partial shutdown of non essential federal employees. Furloughs come with the territory. I would wager that premiums are paid. With trillion dollar deficit spending and $21 trillion in debt, wouldn't you be happy to know the federal government stopped spending money? Can't have it both ways...


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Post Posted: Jan 10, 2019 9:34 pm 
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I am not a govt employee but like everyone else I hear about the struggles those folks are going through. I know they are working and not getting paid (believe there is a word for that) yet I wondered if their Health Insurance Premiums are still getting paid or do those folks face a lapse in insurance?



There has been good coverage about the affects of the shutdown on PBS Newshour. While it is true that this is a partial government shutdown (Congress, for instance, has already funded itself for the rest of the year), no money is going out for the affected agencies, among them the departments of Agriculture, Homeland Security, State, Transportation, Interior and Justice. This means no premiums are being paid, no housing stipends, no salaries, nothing. A topic they touched on today that I'd not thought about is that for all contractors who are furloughed, this will be 100% monies lost. Employees will likely get back pay which will help - but contractors only get paid when they work and they're not working - and they won't be able to recover any lost wages.


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Post Posted: Jan 11, 2019 8:08 am 
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pbj, include in your list Dept of Commerce, which means, NOAA, which means National Weather Service, which means the very people putting out winter weather advisories and warnings today are working as essential employees without pay. Poked around federal sites on Google, and it does appear that affected federal employees remain covered by their health insurance. Some banks are offering interest-free loans (I think Alpine Bank in CO is offering loan amounts equivalent to 2 paychecks - just bring in your pay stub - with 6 months to pay back). My brother in WY is looking into such a loan as a NWS meteorologist.


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Post Posted: Jan 11, 2019 1:43 pm 
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CO businesses helping affected federal employees during shutdown
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If Government EE's are already "struggling" after only missing 1 paycheck maybe they should re think their lifestyle and savings accounts...don't live paycheck to paycheck


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