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Social security, Medicare, and Medicaid are open -- meaning those checks will go out.
But new applications might not be processed until after the shutdown the US Postal Service is also open, it's actually an independent agency, so your mail won't be affected.
Now here are a couple of things that are closed -- all national parks and museums are closed. While IRS offices may stay open, taxpayer services and audits are shut down. Also important to know -- government-backed loans such as FHA mortgages are on hold during a shutdown.
That also includes government-backed loans to small businesses. Another important note ... Members of the military will get paid during the shutdown. The President signed a bill before the shutdown to ensure military pay wouldn't be delayed.