Updated at 9:00 a.m. ET
Michelle Sweeney could barely sleep. The nurse in Plymouth, Mass., had just learned she would be furloughed. She only had four hours the next day to call all of her patients.
"I was in a panic state. I was sick over it," Sweeney said. "Our patients are the frailest, sickest group."
Sweeney works for Atrius Health as a case manager for patients with chronic health conditions and those who have been discharged from the hospital or emergency room.