A majority of those who are suffering from Chronic Kidney Disease and are conducting Dialysis also draw on Social Security Disability. Political mayhem and gridlock have struck Washington D.C. and what seemed like a short-lived Government Shutdown has now stretched on for weeks. What is the result for Chronic Kidney Disease patients conducting Hemodialysis or Peritoneal Dialysis who heavily depend on their monthly Social Security checks to make ends meet? Will their much-relied upon checks be delayed or postponed?
Patients can breathe a sigh of relief. Even though the Government Shutdown is continuing much longer than anyone would have imagined and there are some who are hurting as a result, Social Security Benefits will not be affected by the instability. In fact, the Social Security Administration is already funded through September 2019, so services remain in effect and benefits checks should continue to arrive on time, according to the Social Security Administration.
Social Security branch offices are operating at normal hours during the government shutdown; typically 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Yet, even without the impact of the shutdown, those offices can get crowded. Hence, if you have to visit the Office then be sure that you are feeling well and consider wearing a facemask to avoid catching the Flu or Common Cold. Also, wear your Dialysis Arm Sleeve to avoid picking up AV Fistula or Graft infections in public places.
The likelihood of the Government Shutdown continuing for months and months on end to the point of not being funded past September 2019 seems highly unlikely. However, if this scenario were to presents itself, the country as a whole could see some “pretty dark situations with almost 40 million low-income Americans could find themselves struggling to pay for food,” said Joseph Brusuelas (Chief Economist for the accounting firm RSM US). More mistakes could be made among an overloaded Emergency Service Department, among other issues. Make sure that you keep yourself protected with your Fistula Protector Wristbands (click here). Still, KidneyBuzz.com will keep you updated on the latest and provide insights well in advance for strategies Chronic Kidney Disease patients to employ to protect themselves.
Luckily, for now, Chronic Kidney Disease patients on Dialysis are safe and talks to reopen the Government fully appear to be continuing. Do you know anyone that the Government Shutdown is impacting? How have you been affected by the shutdown? Share your thoughts and insights with the nearly 87,000 Friends who have liked KidneyBuzz.com on Facebook (click here). While you are there, like the KidneyBuzz.com Facebook Fan Page and visit KidneyBuzz.com regularly (300,000 monthly viewers) for the latest tailored breaking news and information which teaches those with Chronic Kidney Disease, Dialysis, Kidney Transplant, Diabetes, and High Blood Pressure how to better manage and improve their lives. You may become a regular visitor like, Charles Griffin who said, "Praise God for KidneyBuzz."