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2020 Census results inform funding for hospitals, health care

Posted July 17, 2020

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Health care companies use population statistics to help plan where to build new hospitals and clinics or expand existing ones.

Hospitals, health care clinics and health care programs, such as Medicaid, the need-based health insurance program for low-income people, and Medicare for people over age 65, are among the many public health care services that use population statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Results from the 2020 Census underway now will help federal, state, local and tribal officials plan funding for health care services for the next decade.

Health care companies also can use population statistics to help plan where to build new hospitals and clinics or expand existing ones.

Statistics from the 2020 Census will inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funds are spent every year for the next 10 years for these and other critical public services such as schools, libraries, emergency response, roads and bridges, and for hospitals and health insurance.

The good news is that responding to the census has never been easier. People can now respond online, by phone or by completing and mailing back paper questionnaires.

Census takers are set to visit households that do not respond later this summer. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and stay-at-home restrictions around the country, the Census Bureau has adapted its operations and extended some deadlines to give everyone more time to respond before census takers begin knocking on doors. The U.S. Department of Commerce, which oversees the Census Bureau, has asked Congress to extend some 2020 Census deadlines.

“While the current situation with the COVID-19 virus can make it hard to think about the future, the once-a-decade census that counts everyone who lives in the U.S. is exactly what enables governments and communities to plan for these types of crises,” said Steven Dillingham, director of the U.S. Census Bureau. “That’s why it is so important to respond to the 2020 Census as soon as you can.”

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