Census Undercounts Could Have Big Impact on Funding

Modern Healthcare reported on Oct. 13, 2020, that 2020 Census undercounts would impact funding for more than 50 healthcare and healthcare-related programs, including Medicaid and Medicare Part B, according to an analysis by the George Washington Institute of Public Policy. The response rate for the 2020 census has declined because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A one percent undercount, for example, could cost states up to one dollar in federal Medicaid funds on every $100 spent, according to a 2018 report by Reamer.