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.