Going paperless with Social Security checks
The Kansas City Star
The government may face a tough road in getting all Social Security and other recipients of government benefits to give up the age-old demand of people insisting that their palms be crossed with a check that’s owed to them.
The government is phasing out paper checks for all benefit programs and going to electronic payments either by direct deposit or debit cards for those with no bank accounts. That switch will occur March 2013.
Already about 90 percent of the 73 million federal payments each month to people are made electronically. But that last 10 percent will be the most difficult to get to make the switch.
Short of President Barack Obama pulling up in a limo, it make take a few federal officials making home visits and hand-holding seniors to get the switch to actually happen.