Census 2020: Make Health Centers Count

Posted: July 10, 2019
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It is estimated that every uncounted patient costs the state $2000. Los Angeles community clinics serve 1.7 million patients countywide. This amounts to $340 billion of needed funding in a ten-year period.

What is the census?
The U.S. Constitution requires the federal government count everyone living in the country every 10 years. The count must include people of all ages, racial and ethnic groups, and citizens and non-citizens. Every household should complete a census form because participating in the census is our right and responsibility.

What’s at stake if we don’t respond?
The census funds many programs and services Californians rely on for their health and well-being. Without these dollars, health centers would lack the vital funding to care for their communities and patients.

These programs include:
• Medi-Cal
• Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
• Section 8 Housing Vouchers
• Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
• Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

When can we fill out the census?
• Summer and Fall 2019: Census Outreach and Education
• March 12, 2020: 2020 Census Online Questionnaire Launch
• April 1, 2020: Census Day
• May 13, 2020: Non-Response Follow-Up Period Begins
• July 31, 2020: Last Day to Self-Respond to Questionnaire

What can we expect?
This is the first time the census questionnaire can be completed online. If you prefer, you can still respond by mail or phone. If you do not respond to the census, you may be visited by a member of the U.S. Census Bureau. Online and phone assistance will be available in 13 languages.

For more information, visit ccalac.org/resources/categories/census and/or call NALEO Educational Fund’s national toll-free bilingual hotline at 877-EL-CENSO (877-352-3676) open Monday through Friday 8:30am to 5:30pm PST.