The possibility of a government shutdown has many wondering if federal benefits payments will be made if Congress fails to pass a budget by midnight on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013.
Social Security and Medicare benefits will continue to be paid in the event of a shutdown. For anyone who has applied for benefits, processing of new applications may be delayed.
For those who are receiving unemployment benefits, payments will continue to go out as scheduled.
However, there are other benefits programs that may be affected if there is a government shutdown.
WIC, the program that supplies pregnant women and children supplemental food, health care referrals and nutrition education, could shut down.
For those who are receiving food stamps under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), this program will continue along with the free school lunch and breakfast program.
Veterans who are concerned about benefits offered through the Department of Veterans Affairs will still be able to get inpatient hospital care, mental health counseling at government run centers and prescriptions at VA health clinics.
CNN reports that payments to cover pension and disability benefits will continue to be processed if there is a government shutdown. However, if the shutdown lasts at least a month, not all compensation and pension payments would continue.
In addition, any veteran who is appealing a denial of disability benefits to the Board of Veterans Appeals will be left waiting for the board's final decision. The board will not make any final decisions on appeals during the shutdown.