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COVID-19; How it May Impact the 2020 Census, and Why You Should Care

In-person visits by Census takers are currently on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Completing the questionnaire online ensures you are counted now. Why should you care? Read on for details.

It’s a questionnaire that only takes about 10 minutes to complete. But that brief action can have a huge impact on our local community and state, including funding for health care programs like Medicaid and Medicare.

The Census, conducted every 10 years, is a snapshot of our nation — who we are and where we live.

The results determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives. They are also used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

In the future, lawmakers, business owners and others will use 2020 Census data to make critical decisions. The results will show where communities need new schools and clinics, new roads and more services for families, older adults and children.

Census results affect planning and funding for health care including programs such as Medicaid, Medicare Part B, State Children’s Health Insurance, the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, and block grants for community mental health services.

The Census affects the lives of all U.S. citizens, including Alabamians. So if you haven’t already, please complete the U.S. 2020 Census. Your information and privacy are protected. You can fill out the questionnaire here: