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The 2020 Census

The census is a headcount of everyone living in the United States. The Constitution requires that a census take place every 10 years — it’s a right for every person who resides in the U.S.

The 2020 census has big implications for sexual and reproductive health care. Pledge to get counted today!

Why should I complete the 2020 census?

  • The census determines how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal, state, and private sector money are spent on infrastructure, public transportation, schools, and more — including a lot of different health care programs. 

  • Census data determines the number of Congressional representatives each state gets. 

  • It’s really, really important that every person in every community be counted in the 2020 census. If not, over the next 10 years we’ll miss out on jobs, money for our children’s classrooms, access to health care, and more. That money is our tax dollars, and it should come back to us!

Frequently Asked Questions

If I fill out the census, is my information safe?

  • Short answer: yes. Your responses to the 2020 census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics — they can’t be used against you in any way. Learn more at www.census.gov/privacy.

    The census will NOT ask you for your citizenship status, social security number, or financial information.

 

How do I complete an accurate census for my household?

  • In March of 2020, every home will receive an informational packet from the Census Bureau to complete the census questionnaire. This year you’ll be able to respond online, by phone, or by mail. Census assistance via the phone will be available in 13 languages and printed guides will be available for 59 more.

  • Everyone in your house as of April 1, 2020, should be counted — including infants, toddlers, young children, relatives, and roommates. 

Why The Census Matters For Our Health Care

A fair and accurate 2020 census is essential to getting the funding we need for crucial sexual and reproductive health care services. Health care is a human right, but without access, it isn’t really a right at all. 

The census will determine things like a person’s eligibility to participate in a federal program and the funding levels for that program. Everyone deserves to be eligible for health care services, regardless of geographic location, age, race, gender, ethnicity, or immigration status. Without an accurate count of those things, crucial communities that are already often underserved by or even excluded from these programs, due to years of systemic racism, will continue to be left out.

FACT SHEET: Why The Census Matters for Reproductive Health

Examples of programs that rely on census data:

  • State Medicaid reimbursement levels

  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

  • Title X Family Planning Grants

  • Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grants

  • Social Services Block Grants

Text COUNT to 22422

The census counts. And so do you. This is the time to get involved. Text COUNT to 22422* to pledge to be counted and get other updates from Planned Parenthood organizations. 

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