A federal government shutdown will be looming in 2020, but you might not know much about what will happen in the coming months.
The first phase of the shutdown, which runs through March 31, will likely be the hardest to prepare for, said Paul Oquist, a University of California, Berkeley professor who researches government shutdowns.
That’s because federal workers will not be working on government projects during that time.
Some workers are expected to go back to work, but others will be required to work on other government projects, including military operations, Oquist said.
“It’s going to be a huge challenge for the government to get the work done,” he said.
If you need more information on the shutdown or need a toolkit for your budget, Obertis site provides a complete breakdown of what to expect.
The shutdown will also affect business operations and the economy as a whole, including the number of jobs and the cost of goods and services.
“We are seeing a lot of disruption to businesses across the country,” Oquist told Business Insider in an email.
“Businesses that were already in the early stages of the work have been put on hold.”
The government shutdown also has been felt in the healthcare industry, which is one of the fastest growing sectors in the United States.
Many hospitals have been closed and their patients are being forced to wait in long lines.
Some hospitals are reporting record volumes of patients because they are not able to keep up with demand, according to Reuters.
Health care workers will have to work with a limited number of doctors and nurses to deal with patients who are not being able to get care.
“Many of these folks were not able for some reason to get on a bus that would take them to the hospital,” Obert said.
In fact, the government shut down a number of health care facilities on Friday and Saturday.
For example, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that hospitals in California and New York were closed and that the state will only be able to treat patients with certain pre-existing conditions.
The government will also be shut down on Monday and Tuesday in Texas, Ohio, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Florida, as well as in Wisconsin, Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah, according the Department of Health and Human Services.
The federal government will be closed in New York on Monday, March 30, and in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, March 31.
This means that residents of those states are still being able, as of March 31 of this year, to get health care, but those states will be unable to treat residents of other states for their pre-conditions, according HHS.
“For the people who need to be treated in those states, there will be no more visits, there won’t be any more appointments, there isn’t any more access to care,” Oberst said.
The Department of Labor and the Office of Personnel Management also are scheduled to close on Monday.
The Treasury Department and Federal Emergency Management Agency are expected in effect on Tuesday as well.
If all of those departments were to be closed, that means that workers at those agencies will not have the ability to get paid for their work, according HealthCare.gov, which provides information on health insurance coverage.
If your employer has an option that allows employees to get reimbursed for work done outside of the agency, that option is not available to you.
However, you should have a good idea what your options are, Oberstein said.