As a health insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico recognizes that many of the families and children we serve rely on government-funded programs. One way we can guarantee New Mexico receives the resources to uphold various social services is through completing the 2020 Census.
The census determines funding for Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), SNAP, health centers, and other vital services that support New Mexico’s children and families. The census only happens once every 10 years and informs how federal dollars are allocated to New Mexico for 10 years. In fact, the 2010 Census count helped New Mexico receive over $4 billion per year in federal funding for Medicaid and over $120,000 for CHIP. In order to receive the most money for these programs, every person in the state needs to be counted — babies, children, family members, everyone!
Many things in our lives are uncertain right now. But one thing that is certain is that participating in the census will support the state’s social service infrastructure for the next decade. Do your part to make sure everyone in our state can rely on these essential programs for the next decade.
Complete the census as soon as you receive your invitation from the U.S. Census Bureau and encourage your community to do the same.
The future of New Mexico depends on a complete and accurate count. Visit 2020Census.gov or call 844-330-2020.