By Michael P. Neufeld
After that date, the Social Security Administration will stop printing and sending paper checks for Social Security, disability and other benefits. The action is designed to cut costs as the agency will distribute funds electronically, either via direct deposit or on a prepaid “Direct Express” card.
Currently, 93 percent — roughly 65 million — federal benefit recipients receive their payments electronically, but the Department of Treasury reports some five (5) million checks are still being printed and mailed each month. The agency spends about $4.6 million per month to produce, print and mail paper checks.
The agency emphasizes that unlike paper checks that can be lost o0r stolen, electronic payments can be easily traced and quickly restored in the rare instance of fraud.
Despite the extensive media campaign to inform federal benefit recipients of the switch, there are some exceptions to the paperless mandate. For example, individuals who are 91 or older can still receive checks by mail.
In addition, individuals who ignore or miss the mandatory March 1 deadline won’t face penalties or be cut off.
“We will be communicating with them in a more direct way via letter,” GoDirect campaign manager Walt Henderson stated in a press release. “We can’t stop sending the payments. They depend on them.”
Friday 11/28 0%
Clear. Lows overnight in the mid 40s.
Saturday 11/29 0%
Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 54F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.
Sunday 11/30 10%
Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High around 45F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.
Monday 12/01 0%
Partly cloudy skies in the morning will give way to cloudy skies during the afternoon. High 52F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday 12/02 90%
Periods of rain. High 46F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall around a half an inch.
Local First Sponsor
Local First Sponsor
- UPDATE: Hoselay Completed Around Hatchery Fire Near Fish Creek Trailhead (706)
- Cheri Haggerty Lawrence: Reflections On Big Bear Lake’s City Clerk (521)
- Bonfires To Launch Holiday Season — Blue Jay, Lake Arrowhead And Crestline (232)
- Snow Valley’s Energy Efficient Fan Guns Continue Snowmaking Operations (195)
- Mack Z Records “Christmas All Year Long” At SkyPark at Santa’s Village (164)