2020 Census: The Hospital's Role in Ensuring Everyone Is Counted

Accurately counting Floridians in the 2020 census is important to ensure that Florida receives its fair share of federal program dollars. For 2020, the primary response method for households is through the Internet, unlike previously when questionnaires were sent by mail. Not only is Florida home to a large number of traditionally hard-to-count groups, but an undercount in 2010 resulted in a $946 loss per person for Florida. Given these reasons and the response method change, a big focus this year is on ensuring everyone is counted.

For health care, an accurate count is even more important since key federal health care program dollars are driven by the census. These include the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) which drives federal funding Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Program, Title IV-E Foster Care, Title IV-E Adoption Assistance and Child Care and Development Fund.

Steps Hospitals Can Take

  • Educate patients and families about the importance of participating in the 2020 Census
  • Display posters reminding patients and families to complete their 2020 Census form