Gov­ern­ment shut­down: How your Social Secu­ri­ty pay­ments will be affect­ed

As mul­ti­ple gov­ern­ment pro­grams are poised to halt work as a pos­si­ble gov­ern­ment shut­down grows clos­er ahead of the Sept. 30 dead­line, Social Secu­ri­ty will not be one of them.
Social Secu­ri­ty pay­ments are issued through a pri­vate trust that is not affect­ed by the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment shut­ting down, even as mil­lions of fed­er­al work­ers could tem­porar­i­ly go with­out pay. Medicare and Vet­er­ans Affairs ben­e­fits would still be dis­trib­uted dur­ing a shut­down.
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Social Secu­ri­ty ben­e­fits are paid through two sources: pay­roll tax­es and bonds the Trea­sury Depart­ment redeems from Social Secu­ri­ty trust funds. The shut­down should not be con­fused with the debt ceil­ing fight, which would have seen delays in pay­ments had an agree­ment not been reached.
A shut­down does affect many oth­er fed­er­al pro­grams, includ­ing ben­e­fits in the Spe­cial Sup­ple­men­tal Nutri­tion Pro­gram for Women, Infants, and Chil­dren, which will stop run­ning a cou­ple of days into the shut­down, accord­ing to NBC News. But Agri­cul­ture Sec­re­tary Tom Vil­sack said some states could keep their pro­grams run­ning a bit longer. Th …