The federal government shutdown could delay much-anticipated guidance on a number of provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

“If the shutdown lasts a week or two, that could really throw a monkey wrench into the timing of guidance,” says Paul M. Hamburger, co-chair of Proskauer’s employee benefits, executive compensation and ERISA litigation practice center. “The biggest problem with the shutdown, vis-a-vis guidance on the ACA, is the ability to get all of this updated guidance from the DOL, HHS and IRS out there quickly before the end of this year.”

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