by Jason Salsman/Multimedia Producer
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — All Muscogee (Creek) Nation Health facilities will remain open despite the ongoing partial U.S. government shutdown, according to a statement released through MCN Public Relations.
MCN Secretary of Health Shawn Terry provided the statement and said there had been some concern expressed.
“As the federal government has reached a partial shutdown, many employees, patients and citizens of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Department of Health have questions and concerns regarding the operations of our clinics and hospitals,” the statement read.
“I would like to reassure everyone that the operations of our hospitals and clinics will remain open without disruption. With the hard work of our employees and the cooperation of our patients, the Department of Health is financially prepared to absorb this shutdown. However, the federal government will not be issuing payments to fund our operations until a budget agreement has been reached.”
Negotiators in Washington still appear at a standstill, after about a quarter of the government funding expired at midnight early Saturday, Dec. 22.
The negotiations have centered on an agreement to an amount of funding for a border wall.