Michael J. Van Essen
Director, Benefits Establishment
800 S. Santa Anita Ave.
Arcadia, CA 91007
(626) 254-5043 (office)
(626) 254-0661 (fax)
Federal Benefits to be Paid Electronically Beginning in March 2013
The U.S. Department of the Treasury is phasing out paper checks as a payment option for federal benefit payments. People who receive Social Security, Supplemental Security Income or other federal benefit checks for themselves or on behalf of someone else, must switch to an electronic payment option by March 1, 2013. The move to electronic payments is designed to enhance beneficiary safety by eliminating the risk of lost or stolen checks, improve the ease and efficiency of the payment process, and provide beneficiaries with faster access to their payments.
There are two electronic payment options available:
- Direct deposit: People with a checking or savings account can sign up to receive their money through direct deposit. Their money will go straight into their checking or savings account on payment day each month and be accessible from virtually anywhere.
- Direct Express Debit MasterCard: This is a prepaid debit card; money is posted to the card account on payment day each month. Cardholders can make purchases, pay bills and get cash anywhere Debit MasterCard is accepted. No bank account or credit check is required.
Beneficiaries may switch to direct deposit or the Direct Express card any time before March 1, 2013. The National Council encourages behavioral health agencies to inform consumers about these changes and direct them to www.GoDirect.org (or the Electronic Payment Solution Center at 800-333-1795) to sign up.
Wendy Wang, MPP| Corporate Director of Community Education, Outreach, and Public Policy
Pacific Clinics - Corporate Office
Advancing Behavioral Healthcare
800 S. Santa Anita Avenue | Arcadia, CA 91006-3555
Phone: (626) 254-5007
Fax: (626) 294-1078
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