A constitutional mandate requires the federal government to conduct a census every 10 years and 2020 is the next one to take place. The 2020 Census is taking a new approach. For the first time, it will be conducted almost entirely online. The concern around this is that many seniors may not be counted.
Failing to appropriately count seniors may negatively impact government spending on senior related programs. Information derived from the census will be used to determine where federal spending is allocated. That includes programs like Medicare, Medicaid and senior housing and health-related initiatives.
Beginning in March 2020, postcards will be mailed to each household explaining the online process. It will also include a phone number where those without internet access can call to report their data. Options to respond include filling out an online form, mailing in a form or calling a toll-free number. Failure to respond will result in a census worker visiting the home.
Advise your loved ones that the Census 2020 is approaching and if someone visits the home be sure to check for a valid U.S. Department of Commerce identification badge. Keep in mind that census workers will not ask for donations, Social Security numbers or any bank information.
At Stouffer Legal, we strive to educate our community on ways to protect seniors. For more information visit our website resources, attend our next seminar or set up a one-on-one consultation.