Ga. replaces unemployment checks with debit card

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 8:51 AM
Last updated 7:03 PM
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ATLANTA — Paper checks will soon be a thing of the past for recipients of Georgia unemployment benefits.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that the Georgia Department of Labor is ending paper checks this week. Starting Friday, recipients will have to choose between direct deposit into their checking accounts or a debit card with a Mastercard logo.

Department spokesman Sam Hall says the switch represents a more customer friendly, secure way for recipients to get their benefits. He says it’s also more efficient and a great cost saver.

About a third of the 118,000 Georgians who get the benefits still get paper checks. The department estimates it costs $19,000 a week to print and mail those checks. That’s almost $1 million a year.

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soapy_725 10/30/12 - 08:18 am
WOW. Will it include a photo ID?

A great opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. Photos on EBT's, Medicaid and WIC's.

Whatever the new non disenfranchising food stamp program will be called, get it photographed at the beginning. No more excuses!!!!!!

OpenCurtain 10/30/12 - 08:53 am
Please put photos on the cards

The same request for EBI Cards

Photo matching Software could be used to reduce misuse, as voter ID and the stop the occasional double dipper using other names and SS#.

Ruckus 10/30/12 - 09:00 am
Save money

Saving money to help other is the best news in a long time

onethickdiva 10/30/12 - 09:13 am
Open Curtain, that is a good

Open Curtain, that is a good idea! The only issue I see is when the person is disabled and an authorized user has to take the card to buy milk and bread. At least have the users name and require ID.

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