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Social Security deadline: how recipients can switch over from checks

With rare exceptions, the Social Security Administration is requiring people who still get their benefits by check to switch to some kind of electronic transfer by March 1.

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The Social Security check will no longer be in the mail.

Not after March 1, that is.

With rare exceptions, the Social Security Administration is requiring people who still get their benefits by check to switch to some kind of electronic transfer.

 

What does that mean in 10 days for people who don’t have bank accounts? Or for people who, for some other reason, aren’t ready for direct deposit?

Say hello to the Direct Express card, which looks and acts much like a bank debit card. It bears the MasterCard logo and is issued by the banking firm
Comerica, which was enlisted by the Treasury as a financial agent.

The Treasury is recommending that people either set up direct deposit for Social Security payments or sign up to have their payments transferred monthly to a Direct Express card, which can then be used to pay bills and obtain cash.

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