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Government shut down: what's open, what's closed

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By: Melissa Randall

Twitter: @MelissaARandall

The government shut down is affecting people all over the country. From the hundreds of thousands of furloughed workers to anyone trying to use a federal service. Closures or changes to those services are making it difficult for you to know exactly what's open, and what's closed. ABC6 News took a closer look to help you navigate during the government shut down.

  • Social security offices are open, but the card centers are not. That means you can change your address, or apply for benefits, but can't get a new or replacement car. If you're a new retiree, your application won't be processed.
  • Medicare will stay open.
  • IRS workers can only process electronic returns and payments.
  • Mail will continue to be delivered through the U.S. Postal Service.
  • You can still fly out of airports like T.F. Green.
  • Many federal agencies are working at minimum staffing levels. Each agency, at its discretion, will decided to is "excepted" and who is furloughed.
  • National parks and federally funded museums are closed. 
  • All federal government web sites are closed.
  • Loan applications for small businesses, college tuition, or mortgages will not be processed.
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