Gov’t Shutdown? Health Care Exchanges? What it Means & More!

There are two major things in the news today that I have been trying to learn more about: the implications of the government shutdown and the new state and federal health care exchanges. I found some helpful infographics to share that provide a good high level summary of these important events.

Will the Government Shutdown Impact You? (International Business Times)


What about the post office? Nope, the post office is a separate governmental business unit. It will not be impacted according to this helpful FAQ from USA Today.

Health care exchanges and the Affordable Care Act are at the core of the arguments on the budget. Here is another helpful infographic on exchanges – they open for business today with coverage starting January 1, 2014!

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If you are like me, you probably still have questions on all of this! Here is a good Q & A with more information on the exchanges from the NY Times and a guide to how the Affordable Care Act may impact you from the Wall Street Journal.

What do you think? I think it will be interesting to see what happens with the exchanges! I hope for the sake of the government employees and military that the shutdown is brief.

Well… that was some serious stuff. Here are some deals to lighten the mood!

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That’s all I have for today. I can’t believe it is already October. This year is flying by! What do you have going on this week?

PS. Don’t forget my CEP Compression giveaway! 4 winners will be picked! Also, today is the start of Caitlin’s Random Acts of Kindness month. My first act will be… something spontaneous. I will let you know!

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  1. DZ says:

    Chicago Cupcake Tour!!!!! I’m there

  2. Jen says:

    The Kaiser Family Foundation has consumer resources on the Affordable Care Act ( and so does Happy opening day!

  3. Marcia says:

    The shutdown is one of those things you think will never e very happen until it does. Yikes.
    I’ve been reading a ton about Affordable Care too. Will be very interesting how it all shakes out.

  4. Jenn says:

    I hope everyone can come to an agreement so the shutdown can come to an end.

    This week, I am decorating for Halloween, making a cake for a friend, and packing for Tower of Terror. Eek!

  5. […] Erica is performing something spontaneous! […]

  6. Caitlin says:

    you are awesome! i love your random act / donation for today xoxo

  7. Rosie says:

    This is now behind us, bu it can still be very complicated for many people. I’m glad I live in a state that is cooperating, although my insurance is still very expensive.

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