What’s all the fuss about the Census, anyway? What’s so important about a form that comes in the mail every ten years?
Well, believe it or not, this form has a lot of power. The data collected from the Census helps make sure we have equal representation and equal access to important resources. Here’s what could happen if we don’t fill it out…
If 3% of Latinos are not counted, Florida could lose $131 million for children-only Medicaid…
and Colorado could lose millions in funding for Title IV-E Foster Care, which supports the daily living costs of eligible children.
If Latinos don’t participate in the Census, our gente in Texas could lose between $9 to $39 million for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) which is often the only way under-resourced families can access medical help for their kids.
And Arizona could lose grants that help families pay for child care.
When Latinos are undercounted, it means ALL states in our country receive less money for important programs like Medicaid, child and foster care. Let’s make sure that doesn’t happen by filling out the Census.