Through a simple act, you can make a positive difference for your community by completing the 2020 Census. The outcome from the data collected through the census impacts us all. If you have not yet had the opportunity to complete the census there is still time.
Why is it so important to be counted in the 2020 Census? The census only occurs once every ten years, and we will all have to live with the effects of these results for the next decade. An inaccurate count, which does not include every man, woman, and child, will skew and minimize data used to factor the amount of federal funding our communities receive.
The census is used to decide the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and used to draw congressional and state legislative districts. Moreover, the data helps determine the allocation of critical federal funding for our home communities. The funding largely helps sustain local hospitals and clinics, fire departments, senior services, schools, roads, and numerous entities and resources. Business owners, teachers, lawmakers, and many others use the census information to provide services, products, and support for our local communities
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For example, data from the census is used in part to formulate Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement rates. Millions of dollars in federal funding for health care programs are impacted by the census results. Health care systems will experience budget shortfalls if these dollars are lost. Our health systems could face further fiscal and operational threats, in addition to the financial strains already felt resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic. An inaccurate measure of the people living in our region could deprive our local health system of vital resources needed to ensure we meet the needs of everyone in our community.
The U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency, is tasked with trying to account for every person living in the United States and the five U.S. territories, (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.)
It is not too late to complete your 2020 Census. The census is short and quick. You can respond either online, by phone, or by mail. If you do not have your paper census, which was mailed in April, visit the 2020 online site at 2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020. If you have not submitted your 2020 Census yet, you likely will be visited by a (friendly) census representative at your home, who will take just a few minutes of your time. Your response matters. The word census fittingly ends in the word “us.” In the end, the census is about us all. Stand-up and be counted, and encourage others to do so as well.